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“Search for my tongue”, “Unrelated Incidents” and “Half-Caste”

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Poems from Other Cultures: Comparison The 3 poems "search for my tongue", "Unrelated Incidents" and "Half-Caste" are all about language or accents. "Search for my Tongue" is about what it is like to live in a foreign country, away from home, and the cultures you are used to living in. The poet is talking about that she has 'lost' her Mother tongue (Gujerati) due to the foreign languages she has to use everyday. The poet treats the word 'tongue' literally in this poem "It grows back, a stump of a shoot grows longer, grows moist, grows strong veins, it ties the other tongue in knots, the bud opens, the bud opens in my mouth, it pushes the other tongue aside." ...read more.

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"Search for my tongue" refers to a foreign language, "Unrelated Incidents" refers to accents and dialects, comparing a Broadband Scottish accent to that of a 'BBC News reader', or poshly spoken English. The poem is written on how it would sound, which emphasises the point that perhaps a southerner has difficulties reading, pronouncing, or understanding the poem. The poem uses very short lines, and words usually three or four syllables long. This causes the reader to move quickly down the page, reading at the pace of a real news announcement. "Half-Caste" is about the poet challenging the term "Half-Caste" as he sees it as incorrect. ...read more.

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he is giving more examples of only using half of himself, which suggests he is not a complete person, only half. "half of mih ear" "half of mih eye" "half-a-hand" "Unrelated Incidents" is more linked to "Half-Caste" then "Search for my tongue" as he is feeling discriminated, and writes the poem with a hostile and angry tone, where as "Search for my tongue" is a 'lost' and 'lonely' poem. Like "Unrelated Incidents", the poem uses spelling to create the sense of a spoken voice. Here the accent is Afro-Caribbean, but the poem also uses many more recognisable standard words. "Half-Caste" has no punctuation; there isn't a comma or full stop in the whole poem, which suggests it is written like a speech, or is said quickly like "Unrelated Incidents" Stuart Myers ...read more.

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