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"Back Home Contemplation" - Write about the ways in which the poems in this section are linked.

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Introduction

Remind yourself of "Back Home Contemplation". Write about the ways in which the poems in this section are linked. Consider: - -Register and tone -Form and style -Any other features of language you consider to be important. The section "Back Home Contemplation" represents an important section n of the entire novel. It pulls together the idea of the black woman from Africa to the Caribbean. It embodies all the experiences, emotions and feelings by showing her memories of the childhood she experienced and sharing them with the reader. "Back Home Contemplation" discusses the memories, which Nichols had as a child, which are shown in the form of a snapshot memory. The lexical framework, which Nichols uses, emphasises the imagery used throughout the section. She uses an ongoing image of water throughout the section in order to show her ties to her family. The water represents the way in which her family are all streams flowing from one origin but in different directions. This is shown in "Hey There Now!" which says "my sunchild branching from my mountain river". By using this technique Nichols shows to the reader how highly she thinks, not only her close family, but of the people of her origin. ...read more.

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Nichols uses long soft sounding syllables in order to portray the softness that she felt towards her home country. "Those Women" describes the women standing "in the brown voluptuous water of their own element ". The soft sounds show how she loves her home country and informs the reader of the softness of her culture. She also uses this technique in "Praise Song for My Mother" when describing her mother as "deep bold and fathoming" which are all long sounding words. This also gives the sound of water flowing and therefore shows the reader the strength and happiness, which she found as a child. Nichols contrasts this technique by also using a phonetic and graphological framework in this section. The phonology that she uses encourages the fact that she wishes for her poems to be heard as well as read. She uses this technique is "Sea Timeless Song" which once again shows the strength and continuity of water. By using repetition of "sea timeless" Nichols creates the sound of water and waves to the reader or listener when the poem is read out loud. This once again shows her passion for the idea of water representing her family and that she can emphasise the appreciation of her poems in many different ways. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another tone, which Nichol's recreates, is that of a child to show the time at which this memory is from to the reader. "Iguana Memory" shows how Nichols recreates this tone "big like big big lizard" shows to the reader the childish voice, which Nichols impersonates in order to create this effect. She does this to once again take the reader back with her and create a vivid image in their head of her memory, which she saw, as if they had seen it themselves. In conclusion Nichols uses many different techniques in order to show the importance of her childhood to the readers and listeners of her poems. She uses many different frameworks in order to emphasise the poem to every sense for the reader and therefore create a more vivid and expressive image for them. Nichols uses the poems in this section to show her ancestor's movement to the Caribbean but also her own movement to England. She represents her self and her ancestors and not only show her memories but the memories of her family too as she begins to unfold a vision of her memories which traces the beginnings of her own memories as a child as well as those from the continent of Africa. Katie Szypryt L6C Nichols's Essay 1 ...read more.

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