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'Where the Scattering Began' is a poem written by Merle Collins.

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Where the Scattering Began 'Where the Scattering Began' is a poem written by Merle Collins. In this poem she uses many clever techniques such as rhythm changes, diction, repetition and personification. She uses these techniques in order to make the poem more interesting to read and effective. The poem is about how she has left her home and come to a new place called London. She talks about her memories and how she is still united with her race though she is abroad. However, she has changed some things about herself such as her name and language. She describes these changes as being the 'Scattering'. Rhythm changes are used throughout the poem in order to obtain a variety of rhythms and keep it interesting. ...read more.

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We know all this because of the diction that Collins uses throughout her poem. A poet's choice of words for a poem contribute in a major way to the overall mood of the poem and also how interesting the poem is. Most of the words used in this poem are about the human body parts, speaking and items from her country. Collins uses a lot of words on the human body parts because she refers a lot to her changes in how she communicates and sees things. For example, in lasts lines of the poem, "Hands and eyes and ears begin to shape answers to questions tongue can find no words for asking." She also uses a lot of words referring to speaking as she obviously feels that this is the most important change that has happened to her. ...read more.

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Collins uses personification in this poem in order to give us more of an idea of what she is talking about. She uses it in lines five and six. For example, "Against the call of the Ghanaian drum that talks..." She makes it seem that the Ghanaian drum is a person that she is acting against now because she is in a different place. It is very effective as it makes it seem that the drum has feelings and emphasizes to us how she thinks she is going against her culture and how much she thinks she has changed. In conclusion, Merle uses many techniques to make this poem the amazing poem that it is. These techniques include rhythm changes, diction, repetition and personification. These techniques effectively communicate to us what she is trying to say about herself and how she has changed because of her location. However, she is aware of these changes is obviously slightly guilty about them. By Akshatha ...read more.

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