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Critical Essay: Hurricane hits England By Grace Nichols Choose a poem, which is strongly linked with a specific location Show how the poet captures the essence of the location and exploits this to explore an important theme 'Hurricane Hits England' is a poem written by Grace Nichols. The poem describes the effect that a powerful hurricane has when it hits England. The poem shows the contrast in cultures between: the Caribbean and living in England; the hurricane reminds Nichols of the weather she used to witness as a child in her native land, which the poem is strongly linked to. The poem is mainly written it first person narrative however there is a short introductory stanza written in third person. The poet uses imagery to help link the hurricane with the Caribbean this helps to explore the main theme of ancestral heritage. ...read more.


In the second and third stanza the way the location exploits the theme is strongly presented further: "Talk to me Huracan Talk to me Oya Talk to me Shango" Here the repetition emphasises the poet reciting the names of the Voodoo Gods, this supports the Voodoo culture and the theme of ancestral heritage as her ancestors may have worshiped these Gods. In the third stanza: " What is the meaning Of old tongues Reaping havoc" The 'old tongues' refers to the old language that would be used in the Caribbean at the time of her ancestors. The metaphor 'reaping havoc creates a dark tone and relates the theme of black magic. Stanza's five and six continue to explore the theme by using the location of the Caribbean: "Falling as heavy as whales" Which relates to the trees crashing to the ground, leaving huge holes like 'cratered graves'. ...read more.


In the last stanza, the use of imagery further portrays the theme: "Shaking the foundations of the very trees within me" The metaphor here is effective in showing us that the women is very spiritual, just like her ancestors were, and that not much has changed referring to her and to her ancestors believes even though she has not met her ancestors the poet somehow feels connected to them. The last line of the poem: "That the earth is the earth is the earth" Leads the reader to believe that the poet has made her peace with the storm and that things will remain the same no matter where about in the world she is and that she will always have a part of the Caribbean with her. Grace Nichols poem, 'Hurricane hits England' is strongly linked to the setting of the Caribbean and the poet does capture the essence of the location to exploit the theme of ancestral heritage. By Iain Higgison ...read more.

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