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    How does Sujata Bhatt show that identity is important in from Search For My Tongue? Compare the methods she uses with the methods another poet uses to show that identity is important in one other poem.

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    Language is a method used in both poems to show identity's importance. Both poems use a physical thing metaphorically, too. In SFMT, it's her tongue. Whereas in HHE, it's the hurricane.In SFMT, the two tongues (languages) conflict in her (both physically and metaphorically). The two toungues would be squashed; there's clearly not enough room in someone's mouth for two tongues. This reflects her struggles on knowing two languages: the 'mother tongue' and the 'foreign tongue'. This is effective in showing Bhatt's dilemma and concerns.

    • Word count: 643
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    In both Hurricane Hits England and Search For My Tongue, the poems explore the theme of culture being important to person, both poems approach this theme in different ways.

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    These "gods" that she is calling out to us the reader, makes us also think that she is trying to create a chant as if she sees the hurricane as both "Fearful and reassuring". Although she is happy that the hurricane has come for it has been able to help her discover her culture again, she is also reminded about what damage this 'life force' can do to a country, physically and emotionally. The poet is using this event in England to help call her "back-home cousin".

    • Word count: 815
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    How do the poets present people in Vultures and Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes

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    Yet he marvels at the seemingly misplaced show of love, as the male 'inclined affectionately' to the other vulture. In a sense Achebe uses language in this poem to suppress that even the most obviously repulsive people can show love. Similarly, Lawrence Ferlinghtti uses language in 'Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes' to present people. However the difference here is that the language is used, not to repulse us, but to contrast the two couples we are shown. The contrast between the 'grungy scavengers' and the 'cool' couple is shown throughout the poem. While the man is 'hip' has long 'blond hair' and is a rich architect, the older scavenger is a 'hunched back' with grey iron hair', looking like 'Quasimodo'.

    • Word count: 887
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    Compare the ways the poets use description in from Search for my Tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi.

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    On the other hand, in the second section, after the Gujarati, she uses more positive language and personifies her first language to "grows strong veins" as well as "grows longer" and "grows moist". Bhatt shows it like a new birth of her "mother tongue" as "the bud opens in my mouth" and "blossoms out of my mouth". All these language is more positive and describes what happens to her tongue. Conversely, the language used in 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is more colourful to show how much Moniza Alvi admires the clothes in Pakistan.

    • Word count: 643
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    Compare the ways that Heaney presents nature in Storm on the Island and At a Potato Digging. Compare this with Patrolling Barnegat and Sonnet.

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    Correspondingly, Seamus Heaney's poem "At a potato Digging" captures the emotions and experiences of the Irish Potato famine. In "Storm on the Island" Heaney intends to mimics human emotions and comments that it can be violent and unpredictable; but even through the roughest times we must be "prepared" like the people of the Island are determined to live through the "huge nothing" which they fear. On the other hand, in the poem "At a Potato Digging" Heaney's intentions are more concerned with the suffering of the potato famine and he also dedicates a moral through it. A number of linguistic techniques are used to build tension and present nature in the eyes of the poets.

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    What methods does Dharker use in This Room to explain a different culture compared to Not My Business by Niyi Osundare?

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    However I think that the "room" has been suppressed and just given new life. On the other hand, a "room" cannot be suppressed so in my personal opinion I think the "room" is a metaphor for the country in which Dharker lives. However in the poem "Not my business", in the first stanza; it says "Beat him soft like clay". This is a simile, and makes the reader think that "Akanni" is beaten up so bad that he is soft. As clay is easily moulded and shaped I think she shows how severely he was beaten up and how powerless he was.

    • Word count: 698
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    Compare how the poems What Were They Like and Vultures present the cruelty of war.

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    In the same way the 'Daddy' in "Vultures" ignores the 'fumes of human roast'; but action cannot be without consequence, which causes the experience 'clinging rebelliously'. Here both poets imply that not knowing the consequences of war is the cruellest act of all, otherwise lives and culture would not be lost. In "Vultures", the cruelty of war is also shown through the conflict of good and evil. Achebe contrasts the beauty of 'love' to the ugliness of vultures; this shows that those at conflict can unite even with their differences.

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    Unrelated Incidents And Half Caste Comparison

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    From the second stanza on, the poet addresses the audience in a very direct way, 'explain yuself, wha yu mean'. It is almost as if Agard is assuming that the reader is one of those who look down on mixed race people and use the term 'half-caste'. On the other hand, Leonard's 'unrelated incidents' is about how people have prejudices for and against particular accents and dialects and he starts his poem with language close to Standard English, 'this is thi six a clock news', but it becomes more dialectal as it progresses.

    • Word count: 947
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    Search For My Toungue and Hurricane Hits England Comparison

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    'It took a hurricane, to bring her closer to the landscape'. This shows that the character feels alienated and doesn't feel at home. However, Bhatt's poem starts of with a strong but conversational tone, 'you ask me...I ask you', opening a close relationship with the reader. The writer feels fear that she has lost the ability to speak for her culture and consequently questions her identity. Nichols shows that in her poem, it is the hurricanes that re connects her to her heritage. It breaks the 'frozen lake' in her. This suggests that her personality and history was turned frozen, and she felt restricted when she moved to England.

    • Word count: 837
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    Comparing Search for my Tongue and Half-Caste

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    Although another language is used, the reader can still read the poem aloud due to the phonetic translations beneath the Indian script. On the other hand, it is not a foreign language that is used in "Half", but a dialect. By combining his native Caribbean dialect with Standard English words, the poet is showing that it is also his accent he is discriminated against. There is no punctuation used in the poem to enable the reader to choose when to pause - this could results in different people reading the poem in different ways.

    • Word count: 521
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    Poem comparision showing importance of identity

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    Walcott uses the metaphor of a stranger, which is yourself, because when you are in a relationship, you become someone else and get traits from another person. The stranger in the mirror is the person who you were before you were in a relationship. Both poems are similar because they talk about how were still ourselves before the change but will be who we are after time in "Love after love" and after getting rid the nightmares in "This room".

    • Word count: 923
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    The poets of both half-Caste and Search for my Tongue put a strong emphasis on the importance of personal identity. They both use similar devices to portray their personal attitudes towards the topic.

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    They both use similar devices to portray their personal attitudes towards the topic. The term 'Caste' means to be made, therefore 'Half-Caste' is a reacial term meaning half made. It is an offensive word used to descibe someone as being only half a person. John Agard opens the poem in standard English: "Excuse me standing on one leg". He chose to do this to show his diversity in culture. He later changes his language to portrayhis other culture. "Explain yuself wina yu mean". John Agard is showing his audience his pride in being from two separate cultures using language.

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    Comparing Before You Were Mine and Mother, any distance

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    The quote also shows us that he's moving into a new house because I think you would usually need to carry out these measurements when moving in, but even after he will be moving into a new house and away from her security, she is still there for him, and always will be. This emphasizes that they have a strong and healthy relationship. He also talks about how he feels as he is moving further away from him mother as he is growing up, "...unreeling years between us."

    • Word count: 488
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    'Hurricane Hits England' & Presents From...'

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    But as the storm progresses the woman 'aligns' herself with the weather gods of her past and finds herself "riding the mystery of your storm". This sense of oneness with the storm brings about a transformation in the woman's attitude. Her feelings had been like a "frozen lake" which the storm breaks up. She had felt that she was in a different place with a different landscape, but now she understands that all places are part of the same planet and she is closer to her new landscape.

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  15. Hurricane hits England/Hurricane comparison

    This shows a recognition of her background and the tribal culture of her native land. The use of the first poem also serves to draw the reader into the poem more deeply, meaning they become engaged and empathise. Nichols uses natural imagery throughout the poem, demonstrating a love of nature. A transferred epithet calling the wind a 'howling ship' draws attention to the nautical image, which shows why she loves the tropical winds; they have travelled across the ocean like a ship, as did she. It is something she remembers from home. The use of the sea and items associated with it continues as the trees are compared to 'falling...whales'.

    • Word count: 763
  16. Compare the ways the poems/poet present injustice. The two poems I have chosen are Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathuaite and Nothings Changed by Tatamkhula Afrika.

    Nothing's Changed is about the destruction of district 6, where people of all colours and beliefs lived together. However after the apartheid it was declared a 'whites-only' area. I chose these 2 poems as they are both injustice and tell in 2 different scenarios. Three techniques I chose to compare are structure, imagery and juxtaposition The structure for Limbo is that there are no punctuation until the last sentence where there is a full stop to end it. This is because it is symbolic to the slaves' continuous suffering. Also something that is very effective and which is not recognised quickly is that the poem begins with a capital letter, to show the journey has begun and ends with a full stop to show the journey has ended.

    • Word count: 651
  17. Compare the methods used to show aspects of peoples lives in Night of the Scorpion with the methods used to sow aspects of peoples lives in one other poem.

    The questions are straight forward but the answers are quite detailed, these two points together create a sympathetic portrayal of people who live simple, plain lives working in the paddy fields. It could also be said that it's a soldier reporting back because of the use of the word "Sir". In contrast Ezekiel uses a traditional layout, with only two stanzas, the lines lengths are irregular and unrhymed but there is a loose pattern of full stops every 3-4 lines but still flows thoroughly.

    • Word count: 602
  18. "How does the poet use the theme to present a happy event in the poem Blessing compare this with a poem of your choice?"

    The effect on the reader is that we comprehend that what we take for granted for some people is like 'silver' and makes us realise how lucky we are but it also makes us feel sorry for the people in the poem where 'There is never enough water.' In the poem 'Island Man' a similar theme is introduced because some people that came abroad from different countries just like the 'Island Man' may feel like strangers and it makes

    • Word count: 758
  19. Compare the ways the poet reveals feelings about a place in Nothing's Changed with the ways another poet reveals feelings about a place or places in one other poem. (Night of the Scorpion)

    The place is vital due there being cultural inequalities. An example of this would be the 'White's only Inn'. "I press my nose to the clear panes" represents the inferior White's with their better quality of life, "down the road, working man's cafe" seperates the two places to show the inequality between whites to blacks and rich to poor. In Night of the Scorpion, the structure is based on the intensity of his mothers injury as the poem goes on. "My mother twisted through and through" is used nearer the end to show the intensity building up. The culture of the Hindu believe in 'reincarnation' and is shown when the boy says, "I watched the holy man perform his

    • Word count: 676
  20. Vultures by Chinua Achebe and Night of the scorpion by Nissim Ezekie, both use lunguistic and structural techniques to relay the message being brought forward by the poem.

    sense of danger fior the reader, this enhances the message being brough forward by this poem; pathetic falacy is also used within Night of the Scorpion for a similar purpose, the fact that the "steady rain" is present it shows it is a tense atmosphere for the reader foreshadowing upcoming events in the poem. In addition through Ezekiel using the word "night" at the beginning of the poem this adds to the atmosphere as at this time is mostly associated with unawarness and also a time

    • Word count: 572
  21. In What Were They Like and Nothings Changed, both Levertov and Afrika illustrate a sense of meaning about Viet Nam and District Six by using linguistic and structural techniques.

    Similarly, in 'What Were They Like', Levertov also expresses her resentment but in a more subtle way. She uses phrases such as 'their light hearts turned to stone'. This suggests that the Vietnamese people, who were light-hearted and simple people, have become inflicted with pain and distress. The contrast of 'light' against 'stone' which is heavy effectively shows this. The poets also use references to words that accommodate the semantic field of nature to indicate the sharp contrast between the cultures.

    • Word count: 768
  22. Both `Two scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful people in a Mercedes` and `What were they like?` use language and layout for effect.

    Having the questions before the answers creates the idea that people have loads of questions of about this culture yet not many people have the answers and the break between the stanza shows you have to wait for somebody that knows the answers. The layout in `What were they like?` could also reflect the difficulty situation in Vietnam because having the answers second shows it is difficult to answer the questions but also creates the idea that it was also a difficult situation for the people of Vietnam and now it's difficult to get the answers as they are no longer like that.

    • Word count: 910
  23. Nothings Changed and Limbo comparison

    This effect is a main part of the poem, as the suffering at the start of the poem, is juxtaposed with the pulse and limbo dance through the slaves lives through the poem. In Nothing's Changed, similar repetition techniques have shown injustice in the world. As Nothing's Changed was based on the post apartheid times in South Africa, the poet writes how although it would be illegal to discriminate, and how there no longer are signs promoting this, it still happens, and is through the antithesis of District Six, and the "new, up-market" town, mentioned in line 22.

    • Word count: 765
  24. How is Imagery portrayed in two poems (Night of the Scorpion and Blessing) you have studied?

    Firstly, the title of a poem plays a very significant role as the first thing our eyes lock with when reading a poem is the title. The title 'Night of the Scorpion' could symbolise the 'night' on which something happened relating a Scorpio or its could suggest that something so small and low in status as a Scorpio became such a huge issue that it took up the whole night. 'Blessing' on the other hand is a metaphor for the giving/ receiving of water.

    • Word count: 729
  25. Other side of the dale

    This also shows he is inspecting a Primary school. He also notes the size which is "long square rooms with high beamed ceilings." The inspector also comments on the classrooms. He says that "the classroom was neat and tidy". This shows they work in a tidy environment and it would make the inspector think they are a good school. He comments on the setting which he would look at when inspecting any school.

    • Word count: 557

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast To His Coy Mistress(TM) and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love(TM)

    "In conclusion I think that the most persuasive poem is 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' because he makes the woman feel special and he doesn't mention her losing her virginity or the idea that time is running out. Instead he implies that time is no object when you are in love with someone as beautiful as her. These poems have had a very defiant effect on me, this being that I started to look into the attitudes to love now and I thought about how and why they have changed over time. Also it immediately made me put myself in the receiving end of the poem and thought about how I would react to them individually. Words - 1441"

  • Compare the ways in which Wordsworth presents London in Upon Westminster Bridge with Blakes view of London in his poem London.

    "In my opinion both of the poetess have right to give their own opinion, like every human being. William Blake showed the bad side of London and Wordsworth the good side, both of them has right to show the differences every person got different views for certain things. Blake was showing the negative things to show what makes him angry as Wordsworth has made his poem calm and enjoyable for everyone. Angelika Zadranowicz"

  • Compare two poems, "From Stone to Steel" by E.J. Pratt and "Overture" by F.R. Scott.

    "In conclusion, obviously, poets use different devices to decorate their poem. Both poems are really different from each other. One is dark and the other is light. They contrast a lot on this point. The poets use different devices to specify on certain important aspect of the poem. Page 1 of 4"

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