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How do Moniza Alvi and Grace Nichols convey their thoughts and feelings about living in England and having roots in another culture?

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How do Moniza Alvi and Grace Nichols convey their thoughts and feelings about living in England and having roots in another culture? Moniza Alvi and Grace Nichols convey their thoughts and feelings about living in England and having roots in another culture through their poetry. Moniza Alvi was born in England and her father was from Pakistan. Grace Nichols was born in Guyana. I can understand coming from another culture and living in a different country like England can be complex and difficult but at the same time new and exciting. Firstly, Moniza Alvi and Grace Nichols are influenced by different cultures. Naturally, they can offer to our culture, as Britain is a multicultural country. One of the characteristics of Caribbean literature is the strong sense of place, which can clearly be read in the 'Island Man'. The quote " the sound of the blue surf " makes it more appealing to the senses and uses pathetic fallacy. This makes it more interesting as the pathetic fallacy gives you the feeling of the Caribbean climate. ...read more.

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But I think the deeper meaning of this poem is 'The Middle Passage'. Not many of Grace Nichols' poems use punctuation so most of the poems are enjambment. I think he has written these poems like this because he wants us to concentrate on the content of the poems. Comparatively, Moniza Alvi's poems have a more regular form. For example, in 'Fish' each stanza has two lines. I think this is written in this way as this poem is sensual and can transcend other cultures as well. Although, not all her poems are written in regular form for example, "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" she has written in an irregular form because I think this is a personal poem to her. Imagery from 'Invitation' really stood out to me because it is very sensual for example, " my breasts are huge exciting amnions of watermelons". This is central to what the poem is trying to say that is, even if someone is fat you should treat him or her with respect and not make fun of his or her size. ...read more.

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In the end, both poets' messages are quite similar which is that culture and traditions are part of who you are and you should be proud of it. I really enjoyed reading the poems. Grace Nichols really made me understand the Caribbean environment from 'Island Man and 'Hurricane hits England'. She has also made her point clear about not judging others by their looks, which I agree with, because I think its what inside that counts. I can relate more to Moniza Alvi's poems because I come from India. The Pakistani culture and the Indian culture are quite similar. The saris, the Salwar Kameez, the henna are just some of the things that can be related to both, the Indian and the Pakistani culture. The poem that I most enjoyed was 'I Would like to be a Painting by Miro' because I really liked the idea of using the painting to reflect her message of being different. It is surreal and creates a positive effect on the reader's mind. Shreya Landge 10LD ...read more.

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