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Compare the ways that culture and identity are presented in search for my tongue and one

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Compare the ways that culture and identity are presented in search for my tongue and one Other poem In this essay I am going to compare the poems search for my tongue and half-caste to show how they both relate to culture but are different in the ways they approach the subject. Search for my tongue is about conflict between two cultures, English- we know this because it is written in English and Indian- we know this because of the seven lines of Gujerati used which is an Indian language. It also is about how you have to learn new language when you move to a different culture, and how you almost forget your 'mother tongue' '...your mother tongue would rot, Rot and die until you had to Spit it out' Half-caste also shows conflict between cultures but, it is shown in a different way. The poem is talking directly to you as if you have just made a comment or a snide remark about the fact the poet has a mixed cultural background, and gives you a reply using examples of the different meanings the term half-caste can have. ...read more.

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yuselfwha yu mean when yu say half-caste' This quote also shows another similarity between the two, they both have uses of non-standard English. Search for my tongue uses non-standard English on line 15 to show that English is not the poets 'mother tongue' whereas half-caste uses it all the way through and is spelt phonetically. The seven lines of gujerati with a phonetic version in search for my tongue, also helps to show what the poets 'mother tongue' is. Another language technique used is an extended metaphor in search for my tongue. This is a difference between the two because half-caste doesn't use any metaphors at all. The extended metaphor is line 31-38 and the poet describes the language as being a flower, saying that it grows like a flower does, saying that it grows from 'a stump of a shoot' and eventually blossoms out in her mouth. The language and language techniques used help to create certain moods within the poem and helps to show the poets feelings. ...read more.

Conclusion

Search for my tongue has only one long stanza which is broken in the middle by seven lines of language, but half-caste has four stanzas, 2 long and 2 short. I have also noticed that in half-caste there is no use of punctuation but in place of full stops is a forward slash. This is to create a pause without stopping the continuous speech. The shape of the poem emphasizes the stanzas importance it starts off with a small stanza, where the anger is building up, followed by two long stanzas where the anger and frustration are being expressed and one last small stanza in which he is calm again and has put his point across. The poems search for my tongue and half-caste have a number of similarities and differences, but both show understanding of ways that different cultures, and by showing belonging to different cultures, can affect peoples lives in good and bad ways. The poets show emotions through these poems mainly by using different language techniques and altering the structure of the poem. This gives us incite into what people feel when cultures clash and how it affects them. ...read more.

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