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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sujata Bhatt: from Search For My Tongue 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 Sujata Bhatt: from Search For My Tongue essays

  1. For many poets, English is a second language. Many poets feel trapped between two ...

    He shows that a commonly used word like 'Half Caste' can be hurtful to someone of a mixed race. The poet is similar to the poet in the first poem because they both feel detached from their backgrounds and they both have come from different countries.

  2. Show How The Poets Sense Of Cultural Identities Is Explored In Two Of The ...

    In "Presents from my aunts in Pakistan" poem is a sequence of personal memories. I is repeated a lot in the poem. When we are remembering things, our minds often drift from one image to another, in the way that the poem does, and sometimes surprise us by fixing on odd details - like the "tin boat".

  1. Exploring how the poets convey a sense of alienation from society trough their poems.

    He is trying to tell that whatever type of person you are, if you are mixed, you are still as the same as other people and therefore should be treated equally.

  2. Poetry Analysis Tatamkhulu Afrika: Nothing's Changed, Sujata Bhatt: from Search for My Tongue, Tom ...

    from Unrelated Incidents, as well as with Half-Caste - all of which look at ideas of race and identity. Where Sujatta Bhatt, Tom Leonard and John Agard find this in language, Moniza Alvi associates it with material things. The poem is written in the first person, and is obviously autobiographical

  1. Poems From Other Cultures and Traditions - From 'Search For My Tongue' Tatamkhulu Afrika, ...

    highlights polished to perfection On the literal level we are to see the children's dark skins shining with the water on them, but on the figurative level this means shiny areas on an object being polished. The image adds to the ideas of the wealth attached to the water.

  2. A Summary For all the poems from a different cultures.

    And though RP is not widely-spoken, it is widely understood, much more so than any regional accent in the UK. Tom Leonard's Glasgow accent would confuse many listeners, as would any marked regional voice. RP has the merit of clarity.

  1. Write About How Sujata Bhatt and Moniza Alvi convey their views on different cultures ...

    After studying her background I have found out that she has lived in all of ; India, which is where she spoke Gujarati, The USA where she spoke English and she is now currently living in Germany, where she speaks German.

  2. I will compare two poems from completely different cultures to see if we get ...

    John Agard is writing to get through to people that they are wrong about him and his race, its as if he's trying to say 'open your eyes', 'look closer and you might actually see ME!' The preliminary research I did at the very start of this essay told us

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