• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

English Poetry Coursework

Extracts from this document...


I have been assigned to write an English poetry coursework, I was given a range of two poems to choose to analyse. The two poems I was given to choose to analyse are the following: Firstly, "I am not that Woman", which is written by the Asian poet Kishwar Naheed, the poem was translated in to English from Urdu. And secondly "Once upon a Time", this is written by Gabrael Okara. I have chosen to analyse the essay on the poem "I am not that Woman. Kishwar Naheed was born in Bulandshahr, which is situated in India, in 1940. She is one of the best-known feminist poets of Pakistan, even at this present moment, her mother tongue was Urdu so many of the poems were originally written in Urdu. It also says that she has written ten collections of poetry, one of them poems is written on the state of women in the early days. The poet experiences the situation that the women in the past had no rights and were tortured, in other words women were discriminated. ...read more.


Moving on to the next line which talks about freedom of men the poet says 'free as the breeze, not knowing that my voice cannot be smothered by stones', the meaning of this is that if she was to shout at someone outside to escape from the trap, it is not like this that her power of speech was controlled. 'I am the one you crushed', the purpose of saying this is that beating which would take place would be unbelievable, moving on, she recites that 'with the weight of custom', the intention of saying this is that it is like a bull dozer which will hit her if a particular job is not done, or she tries to escape the village or city. Going down the block she says 'not knowing, light cannot be hidden in darkness', meaning to utter this words is that she is not that individual who is trapped and cannot be seen. Then she moves on by saying 'I am the one in whose lap you picked flowers and planted thorns and embers', these words produce ...read more.


'I am the commodity you traded in, my chastity, my motherhood and my loyalty', by saying this all the goodness was taken and was replaced by the everlasting dirty features. 'Now it time for me to flower free', this is the beginning of her life, now the time begins. 'The woman on that poster, half-naked, selling socks and shoes', she says again in her mind, it all finished. 'No, no, I am not that woman!', finally she finishes off the poem in these words that once again luckily, she's free again. Overall, the poem has a lot of metaphors and similes which make the poem inspiring and it is like eye catching in the meaning of listening, the poem is emotive, it would affect female readers the most because they, by chance have skipped them years in which women were tortured, the poem is also very sensitive because it gives out fear to those who have not been through these times. This poem would affect most of the women and in emotional men, this poem is set out nicely and goes fluently. ?? ?? ?? ?? I Am Not That Woman English Poetry Coursework Abbas Chalan ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Poets essays

  1. Poetry English language

    They were taken from their homes, marched to a boat, shipped over to Calle (on the border of France) then march over to the battlefield. So evidently they would be feeling sick, scared and exhausted. The reason behind this poem is for Henry V to motivate his army by: reminding

  2. English Coursework - Diverse Cultures

    The bunkhouse was very plain with 'whitewashed walls and the floor unpainted' it was also very cramped with eight bunks in one room. He shows that it was very uncomfortable they had to live with no privacy, having to share with seven other men and have no space to yourself.

  1. Compare My Grandmother and Long Distance - Best Words

    The relationship between Jennings and her grandmother is clearly weak. This is evident as she "refused to go out with her" because she was "afraid" to go out with her, as she feared her grandmother would treat her the same way she treated antique objects.

  2. Comparing Poems from different cultures

    He may even be going as far as saying that this is happening because none of the white people care about the black people, so why should they care about a country dominated by white people? Also, crunch is an aggressive sound, so it could be showing that the poet

  1. The Mother by George Mackay Brown although a fairly short poem manages to in ...

    I love examples like this that just seem to fit perfectly and as this poem contained a lot of these examples, really appealed to me. The structure of this poem is something I particularly enjoyed, although some people may not notice it this poem describes the mothers week in seven stanzas.

  2. War Poetry

    With use of similes the physical suffering is shown to us. 'Coughing like hags' is a simile used to relate to something we know and to give us not just to give us an image but a sound of the suffering.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work