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Comparing Hurricane Hits England and Blessing

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Comparing Hurricane Hits England and Blessing Hurricane Hits England - Grace Nichols Blessing - Imtiaz Dharker The narrator in Hurricane Hits England is Grace Nichols who was born in the Carrribean and the narrator in Blessing is perhaps a person in a country suffering drought, probably in Central Africa. I know this by the way that she describes the conditions "'silver' crashes to the ground" and "the sudden rush of fortune" this suggests that water is given value (silver) And she or her friends or family must know and may have experienced these conditions earlier in her life. Hurricane Hits England has seven stanzas of variously numbered lines. They are very short therefore snappy and add impact to the piece. It keeps you drawn to the poem as it does not have long lines which sometimes have less meaning than these short lines in the poem. Blessing has four stanzas of medium length lines. ...read more.


There is also sibilance "small splash" and some ambiguous lines. There are a few cases of enjambment and lots of cases of imagery in both poems. However, Hurricane Hits England uses a different approach, using carefully crafted pairs of adjectives to create lots of imagery and appeal to the reader's senses. "howling ship" "gathering rage" There is lots of strong adjectives "reaping, ancestral, crusted, craving" There is also a simile "falling heavy as whales" Lots of rhetorical questions are asked "Tell me why you visit an English coast?" "Even as you short circuit us into further darkness?" What is the meaning of reaping havoc in new places?" These make you wonder who the narrator is talking to. She talks to Gods in the poem telling them to talk to her and relates to Hattie; a famous Caribbean hurricane, as her "sweeping back home cousin." In some parts of the poem she seem like she is a hurricane. ...read more.


The tone is Hurricane Hits England also starts quite slow and explanatory. "It took a hurricane to bring her closer to the landscape. As the poem progresses rhetorical questions are asked to the Gods (Oya and Shango.) As the poem ends the narrator seems to be more understandable of the hurricane. "Ah sweet mystery" "come to let me know why the earth is the earth, is the earth, is the earth." The overall meaning of Blessing is that people in some places of the world are not as lucky as us and that whereas we take water for granted these people in the poem value it with great respect as it may not come so easy for them. The overall meaning of Hurricane Hits England is that the narrator has moved to England from the Caribbean and as not being settling in very well and misses the Caribbean climate perhaps. But when the hurricane arrived she fells unchained and enjoys it as it reminded her of old times. Ed Horrocks 10SSB ...read more.

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