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

Poetry From Other Cultures

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping with Presents from my Aunt in Pakistan. How do the two poets convey their feelings about being outsiders in Britain? The poets have written about the subject which is clothes, they have used this to symbolise how different races & religions in different societies have different styles. In "The Fat Black Woman goes shopping" it tells us how she doesn't fit in because she cannot find "accommodating clothes" that fit her and are to her liking. She also talks about the way "de pretty face sales gals" react to her being a larger size than the rest of them and how she feels aggravated because the fashion stores she wants to shop in do not have "soft and bright and billowing" clothes that she wants and searches for. ...read more.


The environment, people and clothing all seem to repel to her because it's not what she wants or is used to. In the poem "Presents from my Aunt" the message is about clothing but it is explained and presented in a different way. The message of the poem "Presents from My Aunt" is the narrator feels that she belongs neither in Britain or Pakistan but feels that she can't show her Pakistan background and feel like she fits in British culture. and the poet has shown us that by using particular language differences "My salwar kameez didn't impress the school friend who sat on my bed" this shows that because of her friends not liking her clothing from Pakistan that she doesn't belong in Britain and that what she has to offer is not good enough in the culture in Britain. ...read more.


The effect of this is the fat black woman is proud of her culture and the way she has been brought up and the other poem is the opposite in which she feels that she is stuck between the cultures she is. I feel that "The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping" is the better poem out of the two in the way the language is used. She has written it in her cultural language and the way she has done this makes it funny, and because it has humour in it, it will be the one that I remember the most. Her personality is the one out of the two poems that come across the most because I feel that the girl out of "Presents from my Aunt" is confused with who she is; where as the Guyanese Black woman knows exactly who she is because she is proud of her background, culture and how she is different among people in Britain. By Aaron Jenkins ...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 Moniza Alvi: Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan 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 Moniza Alvi: Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan essays

  1. From Moniza Alvi's poetry, how do we learn about the challenges of living between ...

    She uses a number of techniques to depict these. Right from the start, she uses a mixture of literal and metaphorical meanings to confuse the reader in an attempt to make them understand the confusion she herself is feeling - "Words grow shoots in the bin with the eggshells and rotting fruit".

  2. Problems faced by the personas in the poems

    also includes the phonetics and pronunciations of this language to allow the reader to be able to say the words, yet still not know the meaning. By doing this the persona may be demonstrating to the reader how it feels to be able to see and read something, yet for

  1. Other Cultures Poems

    It is as if her mother tongue is exotic, spectacular or fragrant, as a flower is. The poem's form is well suited to its subject. The flower is a metaphor for the tongue, which had earlier been used as a metaphor, for speech.

  2. People and culture

    and 'What were...' how they are similar and different in shape, rhyme, punctuation, repetition, refrain and stanzas/sections. The structure of both poems are similar as they are original in the way they are presented. The structure has been greatly considered to show the poem is a certain way. In 'Presents...'

  1. Compare the way in which the poet presents the people in 'Night of the ...

    happens to her as long as her children are safe and Ezekiel respects his mother for this.

  2. Explore the ways in which two or three of these poems present the experience ...

    "I wanted my parents' camel skin lamp-switching it on in my bedroom, to consider the cruelty and the transformation from camel to shade." This rather long excerpt shows Alvi considering her two cultures. One of tough reality and one of comfortable digression.

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