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Compare the Ways that Culture & Identity are Presented in from 'Search for my Tongue' and from 'Unrelated Incidents'.

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Introduction

Compare the Ways that Culture & Identity are Presented in from Search for my Tongue and from Unrelated Incidents Both poems have been set up in a way to give you an idea of what the language or accent is like, this gives you a flavour of what or how the poet feels. Unrelated Incidents has a Glaswegian dialect, and is written with phonetic spellings so that when you read it aloud you sound almost the same as the Glaswegian accent. Search for my Tongue has the actual language put in the centre of the poem, also written in brackets underneath the language in phonetic spelling. Both poems talk directly to the reader but Unrelated Incidents is more to a wider range of people, this is because it is written for the BBC news like a news bulletin on the way it is presented. ...read more.

Middle

Search For My Tongue is about the poet herself-Sujata Bhatt, explaining what it's like to have to speak two languages, she feels that she has two tongues in her mouth, one is the foreign tongue and the other is the mother tongue which she feels has been "lost" from disuse. But this isn't the case as it returns to her in her dreams, this is the section of the poem where she writes in Gujerati. I think then from line 30 to the end is a translate of line 17-29, this is because line 16 says "but over night I dream" then goes into Gujerati. It feels like she has gone into the dream and is telling me what's happening in it in her language then she translates it so that I get a feel of what she has to go through everyday. ...read more.

Conclusion

But the poem also discreetly shows that Sujata Bhatts mother tongue is like a plant that if it is in the wrong environment it dies, in her case not being in her home country her natural language is likely to fade out and die. This poem is more appealing to a wider range of foreigners whereas Unrelated Incidents isn't. This is because it's more his view on that people with his accent aren't getting jobs simply because of how they speak. But he is also believes that media see the viewers in Glasgow and indeed most other parts of Britain other than Standard English speakers as "scruffs". I can see this because he has reversed the fact that newsreaders speak in Standard English in real life hence making everyone else who don't talk like that seem like the different ones. Jess Parsons English 20/04/03 10F1 ...read more.

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