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

'Hurricane Hits England' & Presents From...'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Choose two poems that explore the idea of discomfort in a new environment. Both "Hurricane Hits England" and "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" deal with the idea of discomfort in a new environment: "Hurricane Hits England" is about feeling better in the new environment by being reminded about the old one. "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" is about how contact with the old environment can make it difficult to feel at home in the new one. "Hurricane Hits England" shows how a woman is brought closer to the English landscape. The hurricane is something familiar from her Caribbean past and she feels its growing force "like some dark ancestral spectre". At first she is confused by its presence in England and speaks to the spirits of the wind to find out why they have come: Tell me why you visit An English coast? ...read more.

Middle

She is both embarrassed and conscious of her position of being neither English nor Pakistani. My costume clung to me and I was aflame, I couldn't rise up out of its fire, half-English, unlike Aunt Jamila. The presents don't impress her friends either, but she values them and sees them as a link with her own past. This is also shown through the speaker's fascination with the camel-skin lamp and the "fifties photographs". As the speaker grows older she tries to imagine herself in Lahore where her Aunts live and describes herself as of no fixed nationality. She shows that does not feel fully at home in England but does not feel that she would fit into modern Pakistan. Both poems are easy to understand, though Grace Nichols uses more figurative language than Moniza Ali. ...read more.

Conclusion

The woman in the poem talks to the hurricane as if it were a West African god (Shango, Oya) or a Caribbean storm from the past (Hattie). This shows us where she is from and explains why she is confused that a hurricane should come to England. She asks the storm questions but the last question is to herself: O why is my heart unchained?" This final question shows the change of feeling caused by a familiar event in an unfamiliar environment, as the woman understands the message of the hurricane, "That the earth is the earth is the earth". Both poems explore the issue of lack of comfort in a new environment. Moniza Ali's poem is easy to understand and deals in an interesting way with a problem that many children in cross-cultural families must face. Grace Nichols' poem is more fun to read but hers is not as serious a problem as the one faced by the speaker in "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan". ...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 Comparing poems section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a star student thought of this essay

3 star(s)

Response to the question

The question here concentrate on the idea of discomfort in a new environment and the extent to which this theme is shown in Grace Nichols' 'Hurricane Hits England' and Moniza Alvi's 'Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan'. The focus on ...

Read full review

Response to the question

The question here concentrate on the idea of discomfort in a new environment and the extent to which this theme is shown in Grace Nichols' 'Hurricane Hits England' and Moniza Alvi's 'Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan'. The focus on the question is unbroken but what analysis there is appears fairly basic. As a thematic analytical question, it is expected of the candidate to comment on the use of language as well as imagery and effect on the reader. There is some evidence of appreciating how the poems affects the reader but there is limited evidence of focusing the imagery. All points are covered however, it's just that some are covered in greater detail than others.

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis is a case of Quantity over Quality. All the necessary elements of both poems are included (albeit resulting in a fairly unbalanced analysis), but the depth evident is not wholly sufficient nor satisfying considering the candidate is working towards a GCSE.
Candidates must be aware of what they're writing at all times. It sounds like a silly comment to make about GCSE answers but when you read sentences like ""Hurricane Hits England" shows how a woman is brought closer to the English landscape (sic)", you often think that the candidates have gone into autopilot and are merely writing for the sake of writing, without making much effective analysis. The poem in question ('Hurricane Hits England' is not about "how a woman is brought closer to the English landscape", although the image conjured in my head is rather amusing - the poem is actually about finding comfort in the company of the Great Storm of 1987 which came to the UK from Grace Nichols' homeland; she is comforted by it. Most bewilderingly though, the candidate shows evidence of understanding this elsewhere in their answer, so the quote above is well and truly irrelevant.
To improve, the language analysis needs to be more specific. Quoting whole lines/parts of a stanza is simply too vague and few marks can be earned because of the lack of attention to detail. The candidate quotes the line ""like some dark ancestral spectre" (sic)" but makes absolutely no attempt to analyse it. A higher ability candidate might consider how the use of the word "ancestral" carries connotations of heritage and family history, which links back to her homeland and that her roots are planted firmly where in the Caribbean - where the hurricane originated and thus it could be said that the arrival of the storm not only reminds her of her homeland but also her family. This is the attention to detail that is required of candidate hoping to achieve top band answers - a more specific analysis of certain words and/or phrases is far more effective than wasting time quoting large blocks of text.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is fine. There are no obvious moments where spelling, punctuation or grammar becomes and issue to the point that the clarity of written expression is compromised.


Did you find this review helpful? Join our team of reviewers and help other students learn

Reviewed by sydneyhopcroft 21/03/2012

Read less
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 Comparing poems essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Compare Two Robert Frost Poems, The Road Not Taken & Stopping By Woods On ...

    4 star(s)

    illustrates an ambiguous ending to the reader, which can be interpreted however the reader feels necessary. In the other poem the first line of "The Road Not Taken' is repeated again in the fourth stanza, "Two roads diverged in a [yellow] wood".

  2. My Last Duchess and La Belle Dame Sans Merci Comparison

    because he feels that hierarchal power is the only way he could have got this relationship. Overall, this poem is mainly based on patriarchal power, and despite the fact that it does include a few instances of other forms of power, such as egalitarian power, patriarchal power seems to take an overbearing role.

  1. Culture; what is it and where does it come from?

    A change in environment e.g. moving from one country, Pakistan, to another, England, can erode your culture away. In one place you'd be surprised by how many different cultures you can find, for example in east ham there are a lot of different cultures.

  2. Analysing the way in which Veronica, by Adewale Maja-Pearce, and The Gold Cadillac Explore ...

    because of her outstanding devotion to her family and further because it fits with the cultural tradition of women caring for their families, she did not even consider the proposal for a minute, which also shows that she, "knows her place", and what is expected of her.

  1. In my essay I will be comparing the two poems nothings changed by Tatamkhulu ...

    Take it with you, eat it at a plastic tables top, wipe your fingers on your jeans spit a little on the floor: it's in the bone". Afrika uses a juxtaposition I thought that this was a really clever technique because it showed the reader how vulgar and old fashioned the black mans caf� was.

  2. Balance sheet by John Montague - In Romney Marsh by John Davidson - ...

    by complete strangers, as well as having relatives who want to get the visit over and done with. As we can now see, the things that have been gained do not balance out to the things that have been lost.

  1. Compare how Wilfred Owen uses the natural world to reinforce the suffering that the ...

    A way that Owen makes this sudden change in pace is by using shorter and sharper words in the first line of the stanza. 'Till like a cold gust thrills the little world' this shows that the weather has just got worse and that things will get worse.

  2. Compare and Contrast the poems

    of the poem and the shape of the poem reflects what the poem is about and helps not to categorise anything about the poem. In the poem Grace has used the word "woolly", to describe the black women's hair. But has categorised the black women into that they all have

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