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GCSE: Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England

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  1. Comparing two poems identitiy

    In the poem nothing's changed the structure is written in a 48 lined stanza. This poem starts immediately with the poet telling you about where he lives and how it has been neglected "seeding grasses". In vultures the structure is written in a 51 lines stanza. This poem starts immediately with words related to misery and darkness that sets the tone of the poem "greyness, drizzle". The language in nothing's changed is modern "small round hard stones click" and is written in the present tense "I back from the glass".

    • Word count: 789
  2. Hurricane hits england

    The first stanza is linked to the Caribbean and the theme of ancestral heritage as the poet describes the effect the hurricane has on her and on her surroundings: "It took a hurricane, to bring her closer To the landscape" Here the poet is telling you that she feels more at home in England because of the hurricane, because she had witnessed many Hurricanes as a child in the Caribbean. This helps me to understand where the poet is really from and also how she used to feel isolated in England: "Like some dark ancestral spectre" The spectre relates to

    • Word count: 756
  3. How is the subject of love explained

    'Even Thou' makes me feel really good because Grace Nichols gets across the point to the reader that sex is positive. As a teenager this is a wonderful thing because sex is always being portrayed as something bad. 'Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day' also makes me feel good. But in my opinion the poem is too metaphorical. The first poem has 7 stanzas. 7 is said to be the lucky number so is Grace Nichols showing us yet another way in that sex is positive?

    • Word count: 893
  4. English Journey

    The language and the imagery describes both the hurricane and her emotions. The messy structure of 'Presents from my aunts in Pakistan' reflects her emotions. The stanzas and lines look uncontrolled just like her emotions. Also the lines are pulled in to two different directions on the page, just like her emotions are being pulled from one culture to another. 'Hurricane hits England' appears to be more organised at first sight, however it is similar to 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' because it also is arranged in stanzas all different lengths and follows no set rhyme or rhythm.

    • Word count: 761
  5. Comparison of Grace Nichols

    In both examples, Grace Nichols has used repetition because these are oral poems written in Creole dialect. The repeated phrase in 'Up My Spine is more violent than 'The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping' where it is more social. Grace Nichols has used rhyme in parts of each poem, in 'Up My Spine', the first two lines on the third paragraph rhyme. 'I see her missing tow her jut-out hipbone from way back time when she had a fall'. In 'The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping' she has placed the rhyme at the end of the poem.

    • Word count: 994
  6. Compare the way the poets explore Journeys and Places in

    "limbo, limbo like me, limbo, limbo like me". This creates a musical beat in the poem which suggests maybe an African/Jamaican culture. The structure of the poem is done in the way in which a person would travel under the limbo stick and then rise up again. "Long dark night is the silence infront of me", this suggests the fear of going under the stick and the silence from the audience. Yet again, "limbo, limbo like me, limbo, limbo like me" is repeated. This suggests this is a continual theme throughout the poem and that the poet has made it almost like a chorus supporting my point that it is a musical poem with a continuous rhythmic pattern.

    • Word count: 959
  7. Huricane Katerina

    The Mississippi river runs through the middle of town, and Lake Pontchartrain is to its north. Because the city is on ground which is below sea level, these things combine to put it in a dangerous position for flooding. The Economy of New Orleans: New Orleans is poor by American standards. Median household income is $27,133 compared to a national figure for the USA of $41,994. Effects of the Hurricane: * At least 1,836 people lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane.

    • Word count: 575
  8. Many towns and cities left in ruins after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern coast of America.

    This caused thousands of people to be left homeless. The force winds of the hurricane were recorded along a 200km stretch of coastline, with scenes of similar destruction and flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Hundreds of people have been stranded and compete for the attention of the emergency services, although many have already been airlifted to safety. 1st September 2005 Fortunately some people left before Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Others were caught out by the intensity of the hurricane, as 140mph winds blew out windows and left a trail of wreckage.

    • Word count: 849
  9. Hurricane Katrina: Perception. Prediction, Prevention

    Although on the 26th of August it grew it to a category 2 hurricane. It became clear the storm was headed for Mississippi and Louisiana. The next day the hurricane grew to category 3 and again the day after, the storm grew in intensity and on August the 28th it became category 5 with winds up 214mph. Katrina made land fall near Louisiana/Mississippi on the 29th as a category 4 hurricane. It was perceived to hit the New Orleans area 4 days before it actually did.

    • Word count: 691
  10. One of the aim of this text from a narrative essay is to describe the hurricane. He firstly does this when he describes the hurricane as,

    I turned my head again towards the window, the death trap was seemingly getting even more closer. After many efforts of trying to start the car, the car would still now move. 'What a time for the car not to work I thought to myself'. I got out of the car and looked ahead. The treacherous whirlwind was closer than ever, people now started to notice and started fearing. At this point I was thinking only one thing, 'Those damn weather reporters never told us that a hurricane was coming our way!' I stood outside in the thundering rain waiting for transport but the hurricane was only few metres away.

    • Word count: 867
  11. Hurricane Katrina is one of the most destructive tropical storms ever to hit the United States

    This lead to flooding in the city, where many bodies still lie beneath the dirty waters filled with debris. Hurricane Katrina is one of the biggest disasters in the history of the United States.

    • Word count: 270
  12. Hurricane Mitch

    On October 22, the clusters became confined into a tropical depression. Tropical Storm Mitch had come into existence before the day was out. The Storm continued to climax on the 23rd and 24th, but by the 25th there was a sudden change; Mitch's central pressure fell from 1.77 inches to 26.73 inches in a matter of 34 hours. As chart B illustrates, Hurricane Mitch had tied Hurricane Camille (1969) for the fourth lowest pressure ever recorded in an Atlantic hurricane. Hurricane Mitch was named a Category 5 hurricane for maintaining it's low pressure for a duration of 33 hours compared to Hurricane Camille's(1969)

    • Word count: 572
  13. Comparing Hurricane Hits England and Blessing

    Blessing has four stanzas of medium length lines. The poem is laid out so that it carries on flowing; like water. Lots of devices attract you to the poem including: sibilance, alteration, personification, metaphors and onomatopoeia. These can appeal to the reader's five senses and add impact to keep the reader interested in the piece. There are lots of rhetorical questions in Hurricane Hits England, as if the narrator is asking or pleading to Huracan, Oya, Hattie and Shango (Gods of wind, thunder. Hattie: A famous Caribbean hurricane.

    • Word count: 858
  14. A Storm Story

    The sky burst setting down gigantic raindrops that pounded the roof and a roar of thunder that was angry and metallic shook me to my bones. Lightening flashed at every angle, like a fire works display gone wrong. The wind picked up speed and took with it what was carelessly left outside. Normally, hurricanes were another reason to stay home, but the fury of this one was something for the ages. The swaying trees were being damaged and uprooted, like casualties in a war.

    • Word count: 963
  15. What are Hurricanes?

    This 'eye' especially passes overhead after a hurricane roars ashore. The heavy rains and wind of the hurricane are suddenly followed by clear skies and almost an eerie calm. Within an hour or two, however, the 'eye' passes and the opposite side of the storm hits, bringing with it the destructive winds and flooding rains again. The size, or intensity of a storm depends on its wind speed. Hurricanes are graded according to their wind speed and the level of damage they cause.

    • Word count: 851
  16. Discuss The Similarities And Differences Between 'Billy Cart Hill' And 'Remembering Aunt Marie', Focusing On Language, Narrative Structure And Content.

    Alternatively, Nichols's story is of her strongly religious Aunt Marie, who Nichols persecuted by stealing her rosary, to see the effect it had on her Aunt. Nichols narrowly escapes getting into trouble by throwing the rosary down at Marie's feet as if God had put it there. Aunt Marie vows she will never come back to Nichols's mother's house - 'I am not coming back to your house. I am not coming back. Let the Virgin Mary be my witness.'

    • Word count: 928
  17. Hurricane Gilbert.

    They also reported crop damages but only $200,000. They also had power outages in some towns. The storm then hit British and U.S. Virgin Islands. They had many power outages and flooding. Britsih Vigin Islands only reported some crop damage. Both returned to normal by tuesday. The storm then hit the Dominican Republic. Here the storm starts to become a bitter stronger almost to a hurricane. In the Dominican Republic five people were reported dead and over hundred families were left homeless. The storm now heads for Haiti. In Haiti ten people are dead and there is now a state of emergency across the southern peninsula.

    • Word count: 980
  18. In this essay I will be discussing the poems 'presents from my aunts in Pakistan' written by Moniza Alvi, and 'hurricane hits England' written by Grace Nichols.

    Moniza Alvi at the present time teaches and lives in a school in south London The poem 'presents from aunts in Pakistan' is about a Muslim family living in England, receiving presents from their aunts back in Pakistan. It's about how the writer Moniza Alvi receives a salweer kameez which is a suit, and how her parents received jewelry. Moniza also shows signs of jealously in the poem as she is saying how she could never be as beautiful as the clothes that were sent to her. "I tried each satin - silken top was alien in the sitting room.

    • Word count: 642

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?
  • Discuss The Similarities And Differences Between 'Billy Cart Hill' And 'Remembering Aunt Marie', Focusing On Language, Narrative Structure And Content.

    "In conclusion, despite the fact that both extracts are popular and high quality, I prefer Billy Cart Hill (by Clive James) to Remembering Aunt Marie (by Grace Nichols.) I like Billy Cart Hill because I feel more drawn towards his style of writing; I think this is because he uses a larger range of language skills such as similes, metaphors and hyperboles, while Remembering Aunt Marie uses straightforward language skills which are still enjoyable but not as exciting. My preference is also due to the narrative structure and content of the two extracts, - Billy Cart Hill goes almost straight into the main story whereas Remembering Aunt Marie takes a long time to set the scene very descriptively. Also, I think James has chosen to talk about an exciting subject, which I would rather read about, because although I can relate easily to Remembering Aunt Marie, I do not think she has chosen a very interesting topic to talk about. However, Billy Cart Hill does have some flaws, one of them being, that because he describes the poppies so carefully from the first paragraph, you know what's going to happen - the poppies get destroyed!"

  • Discuss the issue of Cultural Identity in Grace Nichols Poetry.

    "It is made clear that Grace Nichols is constantly in search for a sense of cultural identity through her poetry as she uses ambiguity and constant comparison of the UK and Caribbean to make the Caribbean lifestyle sound much more attractive, this is why I have come to a conclusion that she feels more comfortable in the Caribbean, this is made clear through her poetry as she is always giving us negative imagery of the UK and positive of the Caribbean. Sadia Rahman Mrs Wynne"

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