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

Of mice and men

Extracts from this document...


Course Work on "Search for My Tongue" and "Half Caste" Cultural identity, it is a thing which represents you; represents who you are; what you are; it gives you a background; without cultural you are a blank page and it is the thing which you cannot leave... because when you leave it, you leave yourself. Basically my essay is based about two poems that lost their own identity, about two poems where they are searching for themselves and the thing which I will do is just write their unspoken arguments inside them. The poems which I have chosen are "Search for my tongue" and "Half caste". The reason behind choosing them are because both of the poems are in a hunt, hunt for their identity, a search which tells us who they are and what they are looking for. Both of the poems tells us about their arguments and what they fell about their current situation... which they are annoyed of, and after reading both of these poems I guarantee that at leat once, "What does cultural identity means?" will knock your mind. "Search for my tongue" a heart touching poem by Sujata Bhatt, a poem which reveals her frozen tongue. ...read more.


John Agard's; "Half caste", this is a poem which notifies Agard's anger with the word "Half caste", a word which knocks him consistently. He is looking forward for an answer which is "What do you mean by the word half caste?" in this poem Agard shares his interpretation about the phrase "Half Caste". Agard thinks the word "Half caste" does not have a proper meaning, as he tells us in his first stanza and the first six lines on the second stanza, as he extracts "Excuse me standing, on one leg! I'm half caste; explain yuself, wha yu mean, when yu say half caste, yu mean when Picasso mix red on green, in a half caste canvas?" These line sums up the poet's content as his main agenda in this poem is to know, "What is half caste?" To me the first stanza is the heart of the poem where it quotes "Excuse me... standing one leg, I'm half caste" these lines attract the readers very much because he scored the goal via the first stanza as the reader can get a clear image of the content of the poem and his annoyance as well. The poetic device which I have chosen to explore Agard's poem is repetition. ...read more.


To me "Half caste" is more appealing than "Search for my tongue" because John Agard's using plenty of rhetorical questions and repetitions than Bhatt; his poem's structure is vastly eye catching in addition. After reading these poems, the facts I learnt about their cultural identity are that both of them loves their culture, they loves where they are from, loves their background and wants to spread their culture all over the world which were the main agenda's behind writing these poems. After reading these poems I learnt where I belong to, how can I represent my culture all over the world...finally these two poems taught me to be proud and respective towards my and everybody's culture. As I'm asked which poet would I empathise with? I will go along with John Agard rather than Sujata Bhatt because he is fighting for just one answer which is "What do you mean by the word Half Caste" he quoted most of the time on the poem "Explain yuself", he is protesting against the word "Half caste" he is objecting adjacent to racism which is really effective to me, this poem taught me how to protest against those unpleasant words and that is why I have chosen John Agard as my role model. Mohammed Sayed 10F ...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 John Agard: Half-Caste 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 John Agard: Half-Caste essays

  1. Compare and Contrast Search for my tongue and Half caste.

    He feels we are going too far, now it is not amusing that class or caste are stopping people thinking about individuals and their feelings, "so spiteful dem don't want de sun pass". In England the clouds group together so the sun will not pass through the clouds, the clouds

  2. Outline the significant features of the Caste system, and Comment on the criticisms made ...

    would consider polluting, such occupations include pig tending and assisting to cremate the dead, occupations that are not particularly appealing. They are the subject of crime and discrimination, for example K Danalaxmi, a Dalit, in Tamil Nadu and 57 other dalits have had been raided by higher caste Hindus and

  1. Diverse Culture essay

    This makes it seem like Agard doesn't know what "half-caste" means; so he is asking, trying to find out. However he may be being clever and trying to make people think that something that is half-caste like a "half-caste canvas" can be of high quality.

  2. Poem Comparison-Half Caste and I am not that Woman

    do what they want, especially as some of the references to famous people who also "mix" tell us that they are accepted as "normal," where as the people who have not done something great, have to fit in as a white person and cannot be mixed as they are then hindered.

  1. Using the poems 'Telephone Conversation' By Wole Soyinka and 'Nothing Said' by Brenda Agard ...

    Soyinka uses capital letters to emphasise the landlady's questions, "ARE YOU LIGHT? OR VERY DARK?" and the use of ellipses helps heighten the feeling of disgust at the landlady's rude and arrogant nature, by accentuating her pauses. The narrator is depicted as incredulous, and the comment 'I had not misheard'

  2. I have chosen to compare the poem

    To make the feeling of anger and tension build up more Afrika refers to heat a lot for example "flaring like a flag." Words like "hot"," white", "burn" and "flaring" are used throughout the poem to keep the anger flowing.

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