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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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