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Examine how two poets explore the sense of suffering their cultures cause them.

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Examine how two poets and explore the sense of suffering their cultures cause them. This essay will explore how the poets Sujata Bhatt who wrote 'Search for my tongue' and Moniza Alvi who wrote 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' describe the sense of suffering that the person in the poem's culture causes them. To explore the sense of suffering, the reader can look at the language, the structure, the tone, the attitude of the poem and other features in the poem. In the two poems, 'Search for my tongue' and 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' you can see that there is a sense of suffering. In 'Search for my tongue' you can see the suffering when the poets says 'Your mother tongue would rot, Rot and die in your mouth until you had to spit it out' (Lines 12-14) ...read more.

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In 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' and 'Search for my tongue' there is a very angry tone. In 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' the girl may have been angry as she had been shipped from one country to another and had to change cultures. You can see that she didn't like changing countries when she says 'Prickly heat had me screaming on the way' (line 50). If she was pleased about changing countries then she would have described the journey in a positive way rather then just mention the negative parts. In 'search for my tongue' you can she that the person in the poem is angry when she says 'Your mother tongue would rot, rot and die in your mouth until you had to spit it out' (Lines 12-14). ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of 'Search for my tongue' you can see that there is a positive side to the poem when it says 'Everytime I think I've forgotten, I think I've lost my mother tongue, it blossoms out of my mouth' (Lines 36-38). These lines show that the person on the poem is being positive by always remembering her original language and if she ever thinks she's forgotten it, it will always be at the back of her head and she will remember it again. In conclusion, both poems have people that miss something that was close to them or something they feel they have lost but at the end they find what they have lost, or realise they have lost it and they can still remember it and realise that they haven't completely lost what they thought they had lost. Jennifer Green 10VSG English ...read more.

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