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

How does Grace Nichols express her relationship with the two cultures she belong to - South American and British.

Extracts from this document...


How does Grace Nichols express her relationship with the two cultures she belong to Grace Nichols was born in a place in South America called Guyana but now she lives in London. Themes and images that keep recurring in her poems are of homesickness, emotions, her split culture, perception of self and nature. Grace Nichols shows this through images of food, senses, landscape, nature and colours. In her poems Nichols expresses her relationship with the two cultures through physical issues of travel and journey. The poem that expresses this best is Island Man. Island Man is narrated by a voice that we can assume is Nichols playing a character because it is written in a third person narrative. This poem is written from the point of view of a man. This is an effective technique because it shows us that it is not only Grace Nichols who feels this way but hundreds of people in London feel longing for their homeland and it also reveals the depth of the poets love for her homeland. In Island Man the central theme is of longing for home. ...read more.


The closing image in "Island Man" of the island man having to "heave" himself out of bed for "another London day" leaves the reader feeling sorry sad and sorry for him. The final line in "Like A Beacon" also leaves the reader feeling sad and sorry for her, but also happy for her as she has found something that connects her to her homeland and it is like a "beacon" for her I feel the most successful image in Island Man is when he says "small emerald island", this metaphor of his island being an emerald reveals that the poet has an image of lush of greenery and since an emerald is a precious jewel that the poet feels her homeland is precious. I feel the most successful image in "Like A Beacon" is of her bag being "like a beacon against the cold". I think the beacon was an excellent symbol to use as it could symbolize so many things for example light, beam, hope, and guide. Although the images in both poems are not exactly the same, they both convey the feeling of homesickness and longing for a connection with home. ...read more.


physically is what she will call home "wherever I hang my knickers that's my home" I think that Nichols wrote this poem a long time after "Island Man" and "Like A Beacon" and in this poem although she still feels home sick for Guyana and the ways of Guyana, she is slowly starting to accept that London is also her home. I feel that Nichols expresses her sense of longing and home sickness for Guyana while living in London most successfully in the poem "Like A Beacon" because she uses words like "craving" and she repeats "I need" and it shows the poet does not have control over her want for her home land. The overall mood of the poem is one of slight desperation whereas the mood in "Island Man" is one of sadness. But the poem that expresses Grace Nichols relationship with her two cultures best is "Wherever I Hang". In this poem she acknowledges her two different cultures and accepts them. "I get accustom to de English life but I still miss back home side" In conclusion, I feel that Nichols has successfully expressed her feelings for the two cultures she belongs to. Iram Tariq 1 English coursework ...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?

    They are linked because they both create a sense of warmth of the Caribbean and coldness of Europe. The poem 'Tropical Death' builds up a strong argument to justify Grace Nichols' wishes to return to the Caribbean to be buried.

  2. How Does Grace Nichols Explore the Feelings and Experiences of Immigrants?

    the last line in "Island Man" as they all tell us a lot about the character. The last line in "Island Man" really seems to enhance his boredom. The ending couplet in "My Gran" again shows her naivete just to make sure you noticed it earlier on in the poem.

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

    but also the slaves having no control over the sugar cane growing. Nichols tries to get across the blankness of life to the reader and realise what she feels so strongly about. The slaves only have power over the sugarcane and nothing else.

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

    In 'Praise Song for Mother' Grace Nichols is constantly using similes comparing her mother with lots of positive imagery, '...You were sunrise to me...' This positive imagery of the sunrise gives us the idea of growth and nurturing. This is very well put across as using sunshine makes us imagine, it puts a positive image in our heads.

  1. Different Cultures: Cluster 2 Essay.

    the weather and climate, to Britain - they retrace the poet's journey from the west, and recall her own origins. The wind travels across the sea to find her new home and remind her of her old home. The wind is referred to as a "howling ship."

  2. How does the poet use language, imagery and form to make their person expressive ...

    However these aren't the only meanings behind the poem. Firstly, the Gujarati is trapped in her heart and so it's not easily released. So when it appears in her dream, it comes out of her subconscious mind, therefore the 'foreign tongue' comes out like an image as it is fighting deeper and deeper in her mind.

  1. Comparison of Grace Nichols

    I conclude she has done this to try and inform society that women all around the world today are still being treated as third class. I suspect 'Up my spine' has a lot to do with economic exploitation, for she appears beaten as if she was once a slave, For example.

  2. I have chosen to compare and contrast two poems that appealed to me the ...

    This image is contrasted when the poet refers to the hurricane as her cousin, 'my sweeping, back home cousin'. The poet uses a simile to emphasise how heavily trees are falling, 'what is the meaning of the trees falling as heavy as whales'.

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