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Island man: Grace Nichols

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Texts from other cultures Old Father: Hugh Boatswain Island man: Grace Nichols Comparisons: Two different Caribbean writers write these two poems. They both were in England while writing the poems. The theme of the poems is about loving their country and culture. On other hand the poems are about patriotism. "Old Father" and "Island man" is about the melancholy passions of their heart. They are missing their country so badly and they are desperate to go back to their motherland. They listed their nature, atmosphere, people, seaside, birds, cricket matches and so on. Everything they mentioned in their poem keeps reminding them about their country. They can see their country on their dream. Although "Old Father" is more descriptive than "Island man" two poets have explained successfully their wishes and reasons behind missing their country. ...read more.

Middle

* "And his suit, cream or beige" He wears suit like an English man wear. * He use to make joke about black people and even he doesn't like black people to serve his ordered foods in the pub. * He doesn't eat Caribbean food. Although he tried to do everything like a white people, (British people) the white people are still saying, "He 's an example to his people". Old father is now disappointed and hoping to go back to his own country. After a long time Old father realized he couldn't be a proper English person than he started to think about his country again. Island man: "Island man" is quite simple than "Old father". The poem was written about a Caribbean Island man .The poet tried to explain his feelings compared with her. The subject of the poem is clear and not in euphemism way as "Old Father". ...read more.

Conclusion

As she said," his crumpled pillow waves" that means Island man was sleeping or woke up from sleep. And the whole poem was a dream about his country; about his wish to see his country. Language: Old Father: The language used in this poem isn't proper English. It might be Afro Caribbean patios style. There are some spellings, which were written how they pronounce it. E.g. "de nex" "man,a tekkin" Few grammatical errors for third person singular number are seen in the poem. Probably it's Caribbean style I suppose. E.g. 1."Old father feet begin to shift" 2."He don't say "Hello" no more" 3."Old father don't want to know we know" The poem is expressive and every line represents powerful feelings of heart. Island man: The language used in Island man is regular English. There isn't any different kind of spelling or grammatical rules have seen in the poem. The expressions of this poem's aren't direct as "Old Father". It's brief but directly and clearly said. Ahsan Mojumder ID: 2000568 ...read more.

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