• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare the way the poets explore Journeys and Places in

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

27th February 2007 Compare the way the poets explore Journeys and Places in 'Limbo' and 'Hurricane Hits England' Throughout 'Limbo' and 'Hurricane hits England', both poets explore the themes of journeys and places in various ways. These include ambiguity of 'Limbo' creating a reflective and rhythmic pattern which is consequently juxta posed with the definition of limbo meaning the place between heaven and hell. This gives a positive feeling towards the poem as limbo is usually played at parties and creates fun and music whereas it can also be interpreted as negative as it's a place where your sins are not good enough for heaven but are not bad enough for hell. In the other poem, 'Hurricane hits England' also uses a lot of juxta position to make the reader think about the poem however its more personal to Grace Nichols and talks about her home 1ife and past experiences. During Edward Kamau Brathwaite's poem 'Limbo', the pattern of the poem is immediately introduced into the poem. "limbo, limbo like me, limbo, limbo like me". ...read more.

Middle

Towards the end of the poem 'Limbo' the rhythmic pattern changes and begins to look a bit more positive. "Sun coming up, the drummers are praising me". This suggests the anonymous person has come to the end of their journey and that things are looking better. "Up, up, up". This creates a feeling of encouragement and support. "hot, slow, step". This could be the tradition or culture of the country. Again this is evidence to support the African theme of the hot weather on the sand. "on the burning ground". This again is ambiguous in many ways. It could mean the slaves being tortured and being forced to stand on the burning ground, it could mean hell and that after being in limbo they are sent to hell however it could also be interpreted as hot ground because the journey has been difficult underneath your feet. 'Hurricane hits England' is also another poem in which the poet, Grace Nichols explores the idea of journeys and places. She does this in a very different way to Edward in 'Limbo'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Through Grace Nichols poem, she asks a lot of questions to gain her confidence in writing. These rhetorical questions get the reader to think about it and this is her way of exploring her ideas and to make the reader feel involved. 'Hurricane hits England' is a poem about a hurricane hitting an English shore which sounds unusual as they do not occur very often. The poem talks about someone talking to the storm and we get the impression she has met it before and it is not the first time. This may suggest that as she is travelling, so is the hurricane and it meets her. Grace Nichols shows the movement along side with the movement of the main character in the poem. In comparison, the two poets explore the theme of journeys and places in quite different ways. Edward Kamau Brathwaite's poem 'Limbo' is closely linked to the theme of imprisonment of slaves and there being no escape whilst being under the limbo stick. However in the other poem 'Hurricane hits England' by Grace Nichols, she concentrates more on past experiences which brings reality into the poem and as the hurricane travels, so does the poet reader and the described character. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England essays

  1. Poetry Comparison - Blessing & Hurricane

    There she is talking about the weather god. She then says "I am following the mystery movement of your winds; I am riding the mystery of your storm". What she is trying to say there is that she is enjoying something she has not encountered before. In the last line of the poem the poet uses repetition to add emphasis on what he is saying.

  2. English Journey

    The overall tone in the poem 'Hurricane hits England' is an acceptance that England is now her home and an understanding that she is still herself no matter where her home is. 'The blinding illumination' shows how shocked she is by the way the hurricane has brought the understanding through the damage.

  1. Show how the poets sense of cultural identity have been explored in the poems

    The next sentence uses a powerful word. The word 'heaves' shows us that he could not be bothered to go and that he has to drag himself. The last sentence 'another London day' also has the same definition. It's a chore to live there.

  2. Many poets write about the power of nature using "Hurricane Hits England" by Grace ...

    grow more attached to her environment through the message that she feels the hurricane conveys. In 1987, England experienced some unusually strong storms which reached hurricane force. Grace Nichol's wrote, "It seemed as though the voices of the gods were in the wind, within the Sussex wind.

  1. There was no news that a hurricane was coming our way, and also where ...

    I opened the car door but the gustily wind was so heavy it pushed the door right back, locking me inside the car. After giving all my strength, I managed to open the door and got out. The wind blew so hard I could not see anything ahead.

  2. An Analysis of a favourite Grace Nichols Poem - Fear.

    She is basically saying that blacks are not accepted in England, which would therefore make us racist. When the reader realizes what Grace is saying, we think she is prejudice because she thinks all whites don't accept blacks, she does not know all white people and so therefore is prejudging many of us.

  1. How does the poet use language, imagery and form to make their person expressive ...

    It's as if her past is no longer with her because it has faded from her mind. 'Falling' is another word used with meaning that is very negative, as it's a down side of things. She's falling apart from her family because of the distance between them.

  2. How Does Grace Nichols Create a sense of Cultural Identity through her poetry?

    The weather is described as 'so cold' which begins the poem negatively and also causes physical discomfort to Nichols as she is used to tropical temperatures. The mood of 'The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping' can be dealt with as humorous but with an alarming message.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work