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Compare and Contrast "Hurricane Hits England" By Grace Nichols and "Storm on the Island"

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Compare and Contrast "Hurricane Hits England" By Grace Nichols and "Storm on the Island" By Seamus Heaney "Hurricane Hits England" about a hurricane that came across from the Caribbean and hit the South coast of England (Sussex). In 1987 the poem takes place at night and follows the poet, Grace Nichols, as she talks and questions the hurricane like it were an old friend. "Storm on the lsland" is set on the top of a cliff on a barren island off the coast of Ireland. It describes the storm and how the village people are prepared for it and have built there houses "squat". This shows that there are storms there frequently and it also speaks of no "trees" to avoid falling branches. "Storm on the Island" is written in blank verse. This reflects the crashing motion of the storm. It was often used by Shakespeare because it sounds like spoken English, this makes the poet sound like he his talking to the reader. ...read more.

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Whereas in the first stanza of Nichols' uses a very effective metaphor to describe the hurricane "howling ship of the wind" this creates a ghost like quality to the hurricane this is later backed up by the word "spectre". The view of the hurricane changes from stanza to stanza. In the third stanza Nichols questions the like it were an "old friend. The mood is then saddened when Nichols describes roots as "cratered graves". The island is described as "Wizened" which at first conjures thoughts of a desolate and barren landscape. "There are no stacks" suggests there are no crops, but as the hurricane is introduced the view of the island has been change and maybe it's not just the ground that is "Wizened" but also the villagers. The fact the villagers are prepared for the storm is emphasised more so by the lack of trees. ...read more.

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Although this changes throughout the poem, halfway through he uses phrases like "the thing you fear" and "exploding comfortably" to portray he is scared. While Nichols' writes in free and open way which reflect her past in the Caribbean to show this she uses the words "the earth is the earth" The final lines of "Hurricane Hits England" are a plea for multiculturalism and a pride in one's own culture. The poet has realised that she can only be free and happy in England if she stops yearning for her own culture and accepts that, that culture is a part of her: she brought it to England with her just as the hurricane has brought a feeling of the Caribbean to England. This is unlike the ideas in "Storm on the Island" which concern our uneasy relationship to powerful natural forces and the feelings of vulnerability and fear. That we feel in the face of the potentially destructive powers of a storm. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Hone English 07/03/2008 10MXS ...read more.

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