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Harry Noble GCSE Crsewrk 8th January 2001 A Comparison Of Two Poetical Works by Grace Nichols Grace Nichols is a poet of Carribean origin, after living in Guyana for the first 27 years of her life working as a freelance journalist, Grace decided to move to England. In England she has written many poems, mainly dealing with the troubles which face imigrants when they enter a country (for instance in some of her poems she deals with people who don't really know where home is anymore). The poems which I will be discussing are 'My Gran Visits England' and 'Wherever I Hang. The first theme that I shall investigate in the two poems is the basic issue of immigration and the troubles involved in it which make it so stressful. This quote is from 'Wherever I Hang' and it shows one feeling towards immigration: "I leave me people, me land, me home For reasons I not too sure I forsake de sun And de humming-bird splendour" This quote not only shows that the subject of the poem is unsure of the reasons for which she is going, but also she actually misses the splendour of the humming-bird. ...read more.


In 'Wherever I Hang' Grace Nichols investigates the effects of trying to find out what the rules are and where the boundaries actually are. This is shown in the quote below: "De misty greyness I touching de walls to see if they real They solid to de seam" The first thing this quote shows is that at first there seemed to be no boundaries, only misty greyness, so there were no boundaries. But then she encountered the boundaries that confined her to do and not do certain things, these walls are solid to the seam. This is a metaphor and a homophone for they seem to be solid while using the commonly used phrase 'solid to the seam'. This also infers that English culture and society is not as stable as everyone thinks it is. This feeling is similarily reflected in 'My Gran Visits England' as shown by the quote below: "As she found That the ground was as groundy The frogs were as froggy ... And she looked at her spade And she pondered" This extract is writen in the style of a nursery rhyme , once again showing the Grans childlike ni�vety, this depicts to us her Gran digging, a commonly used phrase to describe searching, but she doesn't dig deep enough to find the slug beneath her toes. ...read more.


This mirrors the style in which the poem is written as the poet starts the poem by using guyanese dialect showing that English culture is still alienated from her. But then she starts to use English more corectly as she accepts the English culture and drops her Guyanese dialect. Lastly she regains her dialect as she begins to feel homesick and becomes unsure of where she belongs. The last mini stanza is used to reflect upon the rest of the poem and sums up the emotional pain that she went through during immigration. At first the first stanza is written hopefully showing that originally she only saw the bright side of England, but then ,"de misty greyness," seeps down and she sees the realities of England at the end of the first and beginning of the second stanza. The end of the poem is written regretfully as she misses the home she left but doesn't know if she will be accepted back there again. I think Grace Nichols intention in writing these poems were not only to explain the hardship and pain of other immigrants but also her own pain when she herself immigrated to England in 1977. ...read more.

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