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Commentary on "Even Tho" by Grace Nichols.

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Introduction

Even tho by Grace Nichols Grace Nichols is from the Caribbean island along the Atlantic coast from the place called Guyana, a small village by sea. Guyana was a brutish colony so she was exposed to British culture and read the work of authors such as Enid Blyton, Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In Guyana she was influenced by myths legend and the landscape. She started to work as a teacher in the remote part of Guyana but at the age of 27 she migrated to England. The poetry is written from a female?s perspective and in this poem the narrator is addressing the lover (man). ...read more.

Middle

to suggest that she is sweet, natural and delicious. The use of fruits describe the feeling of the poet that how does she feel when she is in a relationship to portray her as a weak character. Fruits like ?water melon? and ?plums? bruise easily implying that she is easily hurt and is more sensitive in characteristics. In the 3rd stanza we get the feeling that the woman seems very excited passionate and sensual when she is with the man. The use of word ?jellyfish? reflects the poets feeling in the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the 5th stanza the woman wishes to have a physical contact and wishes to show her affection , she want the man to be be by her side and be sweet to her. The womans present love is in the passionate way. The poet uses the word ?brace up? to invite the man to be strong and promises to face the difficulties together. In the 6th stanza the poet is telling that however, strong, passionate their relation ship might be for her but it will take her ability to break free. In the 7th stanza the poet is fears that she might cease to be a person and woud lose her person ality ...read more.

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