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Poetry Coursework Compare and Contrast how Mona Alvi's 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' and Grace Nichols's 'Hurricane Hits England' explore how it feels to be trapped between two cultures. These two poems explore the difficulties of belonging to two different cultures. 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is told through a young schoolgirl's voice, who was born in Pakistan and now lives in England. The poem uses the different clothes from each country to express her mixed emotions and feelings about who she is and where she belongs. 'Hurricane hits England' is told through the voice of a woman who has moved from the Caribbean to England and is feeling home sick. A hurricane which hits England finally makes her feel peace. The language and the imagery describes both the hurricane and her emotions. ...read more.


However the tone of 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is very different from the tone of 'Hurricane hits England'. The voice of the poem, explains how she feels 'alien' which clearly shows she feels loneliness and isolation from both her English and Pakistani cultures. The final line in 'Hurricane hits England' uses repetition to make the tone of acceptance stronger for the reader. 'That the earth is the earth is the earth.' Stressed her understanding that no matter where she is she can feel at home as long as she remembers who she is and where she comes from. In 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' the colours of the Pakistani clothes are repeatedly described 'peacock blue' 'orange split open' and 'apple green' are all detailed descriptions of the clothes which reveal the girls fascination with them. ...read more.


has helped the persona accepted her move to England and that she no longer feels 'Chained' to the Caribbean Both poems have a strong sense of confusion and conflicts of culture for each persona. However 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' uses clothes where as 'Hurricane hits England' uses the weather to show these conflicts within her self 'Trees being unrouted a metaphor of her being unrouted from her culture and thrown into English culture leaving a gap in her life. A further difference is that the persona in 'Hurricane hits England' accepts and understands her position by the end of the poem where as the persona in 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is as confused at the end of the poem as she was at the start. The resolution in 'Hurricane hit England' creates a much happier feeling than the expression of confusion in 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan.' ...read more.

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