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My coursework is to juxtapose two poems from 'Text from Other Cultures'. The two poems that I am going to compare are 'Old Father', written by Hugh Boatswain and 'Islandman' written by Grace Nichols.

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My coursework is to juxtapose two poems from 'Text from Other Cultures'. The two poems that I am going to compare are 'OLD FATHER', written by Hugh Boatswain and 'ISLAND MAN' written by Grace Nichols. In my coursework the following targets are going to be covered: Use of Language, Theme of poems and comparing and contrasting both poems. The different Caribbean poets wrote these two poems. The poems have brief description about the comparison and the contrast between England and Caribbean Culture. 'OLD FATHER' and 'ISLAND MAN', is about two old men that are missing their motherland so much. They are missing the country so much that they have dreams about it. They both can feel that they are missing out on the atmosphere, environment and people. They have been in England for such a long time they are being to forget were they have come from. They have been in England for such a long time; they are starting to forget where they have come from. They are so desperate to go back to their motherland they have recorded their atmosphere, seaside, nature, birds, cricket matches etc. ...read more.


The first quote is saying, he went to pubs down the down the road and the bar man/lady wont not serve him because he's black. 'Island Man' is formatted in a different way compare to 'Old Father'. The poem is about an 'Island Man'. Grace Nichols has tried to compare her feeling with the 'Island Man'. The poem is short and clear when reading it. It is also easy to understand because it's short. The 'Island Man' can hear sounds of birds and the sea from his motherland. Island man: Morning and island man wakes up To the sound of blue surf in his head The steady breaking and wombing. The quote above is representing how he can here the sound of wonder when he wakes up in the morning. He can hear the birds singing and the waves crashing with each other. Take the word wombing from the text. The word wombing come from the Latin word womb, meaning a womb on a pregnant lady. This is also meaning that he feels like he is born every morning back in his country. 'Island man' starts off with positive images, but when reading down the page he starts to get negative. ...read more.


There are few grammatical errors for third person singular number, are seen in the poem. That's because it's written in a Caribbean accent. Old Father: 'Old Father feet begin to shift' Or 'He don't say 'Hello' no more' In 'Island Man' there all Standard English used. There is not Caribbean accent in this poem. This is showing that he has living in England for so long that he has forgot his mother tough. The language is connected to the grammar of the poem. Reading through the poem there are no full stops or comers etc. The expression of the poem isn't direct as 'Old Father'. It is directly and clearly written and said. There aren't any different kinds of spellings or grammatical rules in this poem. The poem is expressed and every line is represented with powerful feelings from the heart. I liked both poems they were very different and superior. I liked it because I was fun and enjoyable to read. I liked 'Old Father', more because it was how a Caribbean Man was trying to be an English Man. Both of the poems were great to read. The second would have been better if it was longer and more about how be became an English Man. Both poems were both interesting to read and found it very fascinating to read. NILESH BHUDIA ENGLISH 3 ...read more.

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