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

Essay based on the poems "Blessings", "Hurricane Hits England" and "Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan"

Extracts from this document...


9T. Essay based on the poems "Blessings", "Hurricane Hits England" and "Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan" What do the poets reveal about their feelings for their natural countries and for their present homes? Compare the ways in witch they make their feelings clear. Hurricane hits England, Grace Nichols was born in Guyana in 1950. After university, she worked in the Caribbean and as a journalist and reporter until she moved to Britain in 1977. She now lives and writes in Sussex. Her first book of poetry was published in 1983, the year she won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Grace Nichols also writes novels and complies Poetry anthologies for younger readers. Her Poetry celebrates life with particular warmth. Hurricane hits England is taken from her collection of poetry, Sunrise (Virago), published in 1996. The poem Hurricane hits England, shows the effects of the hurricane on a woman's thoughts. The hurricane reminds the woman of her home land "My sweeping, back-homes cousin." (Referring two line 11.) The middle section of the poem consists of five questions to help us understand what the woman is thinking: "Tell me why you visit an English coast?" the woman finds it strange that a kind of tropical storm should hit England; it is very unusual. ...read more.


The poet shows the importance of the hurricane through her use of language and the structure of the poem that reflects the development of the woman's thoughts. Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan: Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan in 1954 and moved to Britain when she was a child. She worked as an English teacher in London and edited the Poetry London Newsletter. Her poetry can be found in The Country at my Shoulder (Oxford University press, 1993) and A Bowl of Warm Air (Oxford University press, 1996). Two cultures are contrasted are in this poem. Several objects from the culture of Pakistan cross over into the girl's world in England. The girl received cloths, salwar kameez "peacock-blue", slippers "gold and black" and "candy-stripped glass" bangles. The girl felt different in these exotic cloths, "alien in the sitting room." In return for these authentic cloths her aunt asked for "cardigans from Marks and Spencers." There is a big difference between the cloths her aunt sent her and the clothes she is asking for. The cloths her aunt sent are very gorgeous and exotic to the girl, they are very bright and complex compered to the British style that her aunt wants. ...read more.


The third stanza shows us the response of the adults "every man women child for street around butt in, with pats, brass, copper, aluminium, plastic buckets, frantic hands," this shows that the adults are coming out of their huts, franticly to collect water. "Naked children, screaming in the liquid sun" I think this tells us that the children are "screaming" with joy, "as the blessing sings over their small bones" here the poet describes water as a "blessing." The first line of the poem starts with a simile "the skin cracks like a pod" the simile sets the scene, it paints a clear picture. The opening six lines are very simple straightforward compared with the "bustle" of the lines that follow. Here the poet creates an atmosphere of noise and activity "the sudden rush of fortune," "a roar of tongues" and "naked children screaming." The poet conveys some ideas in very short sentences and some ideas in very long ones so she can get her point across and to add excitement. Reading the first and the last line together "the skin cracks like a pod" "over their small bones" has a very saddening effect. It make you fell upset, it tells you that they haven't got water and what effect it is having on them. ...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 Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England 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 Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England essays

  1. How Does Grace Nichols Create a sense of Cultural Identity through her poetry?

    The stanza states 'In the heart of her mother's sweetbreast, in the shade of the sun's leaf cool bless, in the bloom of her people's bloodrest'. This shows her desire to return to her mother and also the return to the heart of her family.

  2. Show how the poets sense of cultural identity have been explored in the poems

    This section alone has a lot of successful devices. This is when she is translating the re-growth of her culture in her dreams. In that particular paragraph she uses repitition of grow, pace, strong imagery and extended metaphors. This shows the bud (Sujata's culture) blossoming quickly. At the beginning of the poem the language in which the poem is

  1. What does the language of Grace Nichols’ have to tell us about her culture?

    The drum can also be thought of as a means of communication as well as trying to get the whites attention. The use of 'beat' on its own causes more aggression to the verse, as if it were striking fear into the overseers.

  2. Comparing Hurricane Hits England and Blessing

    blessing sings" and a few times alliteration "flow has found" "sometimes, the sudden rush" "polished to perfection." A metaphor is used in the middle of the poem "silver crashes to the ground" this is a good line as it also includes onomatopoeia.

  1. Hurricane Hits England

    In doing this, one is able to interpret the poem in different ways. Here are some examples of imagery used by the poet, "Trees falling heavily as whales". By using this form of imagery {form: with a simile} the reader is able to imagine how heavily the trees must have been falling.

  2. Poetry Comparison - Blessing & Hurricane

    This question is different to the other questions she uses earlier in the poem. Because it is much more personal, she is talking about the effect of the hurricane on herself not on the landscape as she did earlier. She says "o why is my heart unchained".

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

    This is a mocking effect, mocking London for its narrow-minded attitude. The separated rhythm shows inability to accommodate those who don't conform to the stereotype. She also uses ambiguity and repetition in the same line in 'Fat Black Woman' '...Journeying and journeying...'

  2. What is a Hurricane?

    Kettle drowned and people started to get hungry and food was scarce. The country roads were broken; every major city was isolated because most of the bridges fell under the furious water of rivers. There were almost a million of Hondurans that lost their homes.

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