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GCSE: Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England
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In 'fear' there is a big culture clash and this is what Grace Nichols wants us to think about. The culture clash is the main theme running through this poem. In the first two lines of this poem - ' our culture rub skin' and 'against your own', we can see here that the technique used is enjambment. In these two lines we see the first signs of a tension felt by Grace Nichols between the two cultures. We know this because of several words, firstly 'our' here we can see that Grace is sectioning her culture off, to make it us against them.
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Through her personal background we come to a conclusion that the issue of culture is so important to Grace Nichols because of the sudden change in her culture when she moved to the UK and because all her childhood memories, family and friends are all in the Caribbean. 'Praise Song For My Mother', 'Fat Black Woman' and 'Tropical Death' link together and portray the fact that her culture is so important to her, through Grace Nichols use of language in these three poems.
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How does the poet use language, imagery and form to make their person expressive in the three chosen poems 'from other cultures and traditions'?
She uses this with the 'mother tongue'. This shows that the language is not hers any longer, as she doesn't recognise it anymore. It's her mothers and because she does not own that particular tongue, she feels homesick because it was part of her life and is now removed. Imagery is another technique used by Sujata, and the words used can make the reader visualise the important symbolic images in the poem. Words like 'rot' make the reader visualise death or something decaying. On line four, where it reads 'if you had two tongues in your mouth', shows an image that these two tongues are fighting each other and that the 'mother tongue' is defeated.
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Nichols wants to use this affect because the repetitive content relates to a child's attitude, which will then recall the memories Nichols had of her mother when she was a child. The repetitive nature of 'replenishing replenishing' also explicitly states and emphasises the point that her mother kept giving to her, which may also allow us to say what a good mother she was to Nichols. In the penultimate stanza of 'Praise Song For My Mother' there are different images used for many reasons.
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It shows how she wants society to change and become less bothered about size. The other two poems are about being away and missing home. 'Like A Beacon' is about Grace Nichols missing her home and the comforts that she used to have there. This poem shows that home is an important aspect of her life. She also seems to take it as an important part of other peoples lives too as the last poem 'Island Man' is about a man from the Caribbean who lives in London: he misses his home and dreams about being there.
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