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Comparing and Contrasting Poems of Different Cultures

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The society that we live in today is full of different cultures and races. These cultures and people's feelings can often be expressed in poems. Two examples of this are "Half Caste" by John Agard and "Search for My Tongue" by Sujata Bhatt. The poets which have written theses poems have express and communicate their feelings about the cultures and cultural differences they are faced with in society. Search For My Tongue shows the struggles a person deals with adapting between two completely different languages. Their inability to compete with both is emotionally conveyed and the poem creates guilt, and forces the audience into expressing grief for the person. The use of imagery and personal pronouns make this poem an outstandingly effective but deeply meaningful poem. However, Half Caste, in my opinion offers more than the ordinary poem. John Agard has created a life like scene where an argument is created by one lone, confident man expressing his anger at the term, "Half Caste". Agard's clever use of refrain and several different examples come together to encapsulate an amazingly moralistic poem. ...read more.


The audience seem to feel under pressure because of Agard's confidence to speak for himself and put across his point. Because of this the audience feel the need to respect Agard and his opinion. Both of the poems use personal pronouns very effectively, and the constant repetition keeps the audience feeling tense and edgy. Bhatt uses these to force the audience into understanding and believing what she is feeling. By doing this she achieves her aim in writing the poem, which is to make the audience believe and empathise with her feelings. After reading the poem any audience will feel for Bhatt and the difficulty she faces living in culture and society which is very differing to her native culture and society. On the other hand, Agard creates an argument and questions the reader to what they imply by the term, "half-caste". Agard also uses repetition mainly in the form of refrain throughout his poem; this technique proves extremely effective and creates the image: That Agard is one small weak man; and he is creating an argument for his opinion to thousands of people in a room. These people being regarded as the audience. ...read more.


Agard's opinion of people has been created because of the way society uses the term, "half-caste" to refer to a person. He feels that many of us in society have become very insensitive and disrespectful. Because of this Agard has written this poem and has definitely become successful in proving his point. The audience grow to feel respect for Agard and his opinion throughout the poem and this is more so because it has been written in his native style dialect. This therefore creates empathy in the audiences mind with his inability to speak the audience's general language. Half-Caste has perfected its use of the rhetorical question and is very effective in drawing a mindful response form the audience. Comparing the two, the uses of the rhetorical question in the two poems have different purposes. Search For My Tongue uses the technique variably to condemn the audience and create regret in their minds. Comparing this to Agard's Half Caste, I feel he uses the rhetorical question more effectively. The question which is posed in the refrain puts the audience under pressure and forces them into and un-defendable argument, where only Agard is right. ?? ?? ?? ?? Comparing & Contrasting Poems of Different Cultures ...read more.

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