Where I come from: How does this poem vividly conveys the importance of places?
In the poem “where I come from” written by Elizabeth Brewster, the main theme of where we gre up from have been strongly conveyed by Brewster’s skillfull use of imageries, structure and the contrast between city life and life in the countryside- the place where the poet grew up in.
Brewster vividly conveys the importance of places through the use of variety of imageries to enhance its importance. The first line “People are made of places” – we can see that the main theme of the poem is already introduced in the first line. Unlike other poets, by introducing the main theme on the first line successfully have captured the reader’s attention and shifts their thoughts to the “place” and so acts as a way to open their mind to nostalgia. She then carries on with “they carry with them hints of jungles or mountains”, “smell of smog” in the “atmosphere of the city”. This list of imageries of the different places has given the readers a feeling that Brewster is celebrating the places of people through the use of the poem’s enjambment. This makes us even more feel as if we have a sense of belonging. The “jungles” or “mountains” contrast to the “smell of smog” gives us a glimpse to how nature or beauty of it varies from place to place- signify the importance of how places where we grow up can strongly affect us in a way that we would always carry a “hint” of them.