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G.C.S.E Writing and Literature Coursework Wednesday 28th November Poems from different cultures Compare and contrast "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" by Moniza Alvi with "Search for my tongue" by Sujata Bhatt, paying particular attention to how the writers use language, imagery and structure to put across the experience of feeling divided between different cultures. For this essay I have chosen to first write about the poem by Moniza Alvi called "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan". Moniza Alvi comes from a family of completely different cultures, a daughter of a Pakistani father and a British mother. As a baby of a few moths, she was brought over from Pakistan to Hatfield here in England, to be brought up here. ...read more.


The salwar kameez she describes as "peacock blue and another glistening like an orange split open", from the way she describes her clothes in the first stanza we can tell she thinks much of them. "My costume clung to me", this gives us the impression even though she thinks the clothes are radiant, she feels uncomfortable in them as if it is not her own skin. This poem is a case of trying to search for her true identity, as she feels very confused at the whole situation. The poem has been written using the structure of free verses, with her imagination and description of wonderful phrases of her clothes and all the objects she uses to try to connect with Pakistan side floating over the page. ...read more.


This arrangement helps us imagine exactly how the girl is thing through the poem. The poem is a sequence of image after another as she uses it to explore one of her cultures by using the experience of having received many ethnic clothes and other items from Pakistan. The colourful clothes are very exotic and are described as beautiful and also signify something greater. "Peacock blue", suggests that the salwar keemez is bursting with boldness and beauty, and also that clothes are bursting with pride and are only there for display as she feels she cannot wear them. A lot of the imagery is used at the beginning of the poem which opens up in a bold way, and captures the readers attention and imagination. ...read more.

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