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I Am Offering this Poem Summary & Analysis
by Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Jimmy Santiago Baca—an American poet of Chicano descent—published "I Am Offering This Poem" in 1979. The poem is first and foremost a love poem, with the speaker insisting that love itself is a gift more valuable and sustaining than any material comfort. But the poem is also a meditation on the power of poetry in its ability to capture and express meaningful emotions, and to provide comfort in moments of loneliness or hardship.

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