House on Mango Street

House on Mango

Minerva Writes Poems Summary

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This chapter depicts the sad existence of a girl not much older than Esperanza who is already burdened with "two kids and a husband who left." After putting her children to bed, Minerva spends her nights writing heart-breaking poems which she folds into little pieces and grips in her hand. The emotional and physical abuse Minerva suffers at the hands of the husband who continually leaves and returns is a problem which both Minerva and Esperanza do not know how to solve.