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Poetry from Different Cultures & Traditions Essay G.C.S.E English Language & Literature Coursework Both "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" and "search for my tongue" show slight contrast. Although the poems are about the problems people will have to overcome if they are slightly different to everyone else. Cultural identity is also an important theme in the two poems, language problems as well as lifestyle problems these are all widely expressed by the poets. Both poets show through their poems how problematic it can be to be from a different culture and live in a peculiar environment. In Sujata Bhatt's poem, "Search for my tongue" she explains to the audience what it is like to speak and think in two languages and this leads her to losing her mother tongue whereas in Moniza Alvi's poem, "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" she shows the audience how having parents from two dissimilar cultures can make life very confusing. But together the poems give a sense of incongruity and a feeling that you don't belong here. ...read more.


She is saying that she feels more comfortable in the simple clothes worn by English women, and doesn't think she could live up to the Pakistani clothing. The clothing in this poem is used as a metaphor for the cultures of our two nations, and so she is in fact saying that she feels more comfortable in England that in Pakistan, but Pakistani culture is more elegant and beautiful than that of England. The story in the poem is that a girl is taken from Pakistan to England when she is very young, and only remembers a few images of her home. The poet structured the poem in stanzas of irregular lengths, with each describing a different aspect of the cultures, or the story that the poet is telling. This seems to show seriousness to the words in the poem, since other things have been deliberately left out. The poem uses imagery well describing cultures/clothing, using phrases like "glistening like an orange split open" (line 4). This allows of the poem to be assimilated in more depth by the reader, and also makes it more effective at 'getting the message across'. ...read more.


This metaphor gives a very strong image, and this image is very easy to see because plants are something that we all see every day, so have no trouble imagining, and it is a very appropriate metaphor because the idea of growth is commonly associated with plants. Although imagery is used in both poems, Bhatt uses it best in her description of a tongue as a plant. I think that the most significant similarity between the poems is that they both describe a 'cultural clash' within a person. 'Search for my tongue' has a lingual clash, and the clash in 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is that of lifestlyes. Both poems use English as one of the cultures, and an Asian culture as the second. I am not aware of the significance of this, however I would guess that since Asian races are stereotyped in negative ways, and racism is directed at them in many parts of England, the writers (who are of Asian origin) are attempting to show the English people that we are not different, hoping to stop racism towards them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hassan Bhatti 17 December 2008 Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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