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Analysis of poem "Praise song for my mother" by Grace Nichols.

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  • Essay length: 485 words
  • Submitted: 18/04/2012
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon
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This essay uses PEE throughout and analyses language and its meaning. Accurate use of literary terminology and some explanation. Ends abruptly and needs a more formal conclusion.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 05/09/2013

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Critical analysis of praise song for my mother

I believe praise song for my mother by Grace Nichols is a poem honoring the attributes of a mother. Thus the title praise song for my mother. She was born and brought up in the town of Guyana then moved to London where she still lives up till today. The mixture in her race is as a result of her Caribbean heritage where most people tend to be of mixed race. This then influences her use of English and Creole (a language resulting from the contact of many languages) in her poetry. Her Caribbean heritage also influences the images of the poem immensely.

Praise song for my mother is a metaphoric poem using imagery to describe the intense emotional relationship she had with her mother. The poet is thankful and rejoices her mothers' presence using the term 'praise' in her poem title. The poet describes the importance of her mother in her life. the poem is one of short and simple stanzas. She uses natural imagery perhaps as a memory of her childhood days. She says that her mother was 'water' to her. This is a symbol of

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*** 3 STARS

This essay uses PEE throughout and analyses language and its meaning. Accurate use of literary terminology and some explanation. Ends abruptly and needs a more formal conclusion.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 05/09/2013

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