I chose this poem for this chapter mostly because of its importance to the author and its political significance. Hirshfield's words, "What is considered worth remembering becomes what is considered important... the personal is political," stuck with me and really fit with the message of this poem. It's an interesting fit because the speaker is detailing the importance of memory by describing the loss of their heritage and native lands. His attempt at transcribing the history is also offering us a moral about the importance of remembrance. Infusing a moral with history is very engaging and in accordance with the ancient Greek traditions of poetry that Hirshfield describes in this chapter.