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Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan

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Introduction The poem " Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" is about a young girl called Monzia Alvi, which additionally is the writer. She emphasises about her clothes and jewellery that her aunts have sent over from Pakistan. In her writing conveys an image of self-confidence and ambivalent about her self. The structure and language of this poem is spread out across the page to make the reader read the poem slowly. The have to read it loud as well to emphasis the image and to give a better feel and understanding. For example "I longed for denim and corduroy" This is read slowly to create an image to the reader that she is sad or homesick and ambivalent. ...read more.


This is a traditional trouser bottoms from Pakistan. This brings us back to the culture and gives us a sense of direction where the writer is getting at. Remind us of what her country is like and wanting to back. The type of clothing is describe as stunning amazing and vibrant which feel your emotions with a sense of freshness for example "The presents were radiant in my wardrobe." It is describing the colours as 'radiant.' Another example of her personification "I tried each satin-silken top was alien in the sitting room. I could never look as lovely as those clothes." Here she is describing the way in which her clothes are as beautiful as her and the material is silk which shows a sign of quality and better off. ...read more.


This is why she is ambivalent about her clothes and jewellery. She is not sure what country she should been heir's or someone else's. How ever she use this ending: "Or there were beggars, sweeper-girls and I was there no fixed nationality, staring through the fretwork at the Shalimar Gardens" This all links together now because she uses this image as a cliffhanger to make you now, use your brain and work out why she has done this. She leaves us with a good image because throughout the whole of the story she has gave us a bad image of what is expected of her country. ?? ?? ?? ?? Harvey Holdgate ...read more.

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