“‘Mexican’ Is Not a Noun” by Francisco X. Alarcón

Provide an interpretation for the poem “Mexican” Is Not a Noun by Francisco X. Alarcón.

Particular focus should be given to the role played by technical devices (such as rhyme and sound effects, rhythm and meter, figurative language, imagery, and symbolism) in generating meaning. In your answer, consider your sense of the argument, or content, of the poem. What is it about? What is it trying to say? Who is speaking, and to whom? How do the poem’s form and use of poetic “sound effects” contribute to its argument? How does the poem’s use of imagery and/or figurative language contribute to its argument?