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Comparison of 'Unrelated Incidents' and 'Search For My Tongue'

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Comparison of 'Unrelated Incidents' and 'Search For My Tongue' 'Search for my Tongue' This poem is about a woman who speaks 2 languages - English and Indian. She is from India, but has been forced to speak English, but she sometimes forgets what language she is speaking. This is shown in the poem in line 17-29, which are written in her 'mother tongue'. The entire poem describes her lingual conflict, and the way that whenever she thinks the mother tongue has gone from her mouth, it appears again. This poem is structured in 3 sections. The first section is line 1-16, the second is line 16-30, and the final section is line 31-38. The first and last sections are in English; the second is written in her natural language. The third section describes the 'mother tongue', comparing it to a plant. This poem is a very good example of imagery, with lines like "it grows back, a stump of a shoot". The third section of the poem all adds to the same image - that of a plant. ...read more.


He is fed up of seeing British people with British accents on the Scottish news, even though they are broadcasted by the BBC, which is where the man contradicts himself as BBC stands fir British Broad Casting so if he doesn't want to watch the British on his TV then he shouldn't watch the BBC news channels. This man hates the English language and its literature, to get back at the language he uses no technical terms what so ever through out the entire poem; 'this is ma trooth' this expresses that he wants to speak and hear his local accent etc. the whole poem is about the self expression of him self and the Scottish. This is his search for identity, against the English, he wants to hear more of the Scottish and wants to be heard and recognized for his anger. The comparisons of these poems are that basically they are both about language and culture. One poem is celebrating it the other is attacking ignorance of another culture. Although these two poems are about the same subjects they differ completely and get their ideas across very differently. ...read more.


The imagery of the poems is very different. The only imagery of UI is that of the layout of the poem, otherwise, there is none within the actual poem itself as it is a very blunt point. The imagery of SFMT is that of a pulsing living tongue although she is not actually talking about her tongue she is conveying her idea in such a way that it's taken literally and that her mother tongue dies. Also when the tongue comes back it spurts out as a living things; pulsing, growing, stretching and opening. Sujata Bhatt is making us think that our languages are alive and are very much part of who you are which is also what Tom Leonard is trying to get across. In conclusion to this both poems are about the same subjects but are however conveyed in two very different ways that you wouldn't think they were so similar by looking and only by looking at the second meanings of the poems is when it becomes more clear to see that they are on the same wavelength of their messages. ...read more.

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