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"Search For My Tongue" and "Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan"

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Sarah Belfield Comparison Of Two Poems A persons culture is their background and very important to someone's life and in both poems "Search For My Tongue" and "Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan" show the difficulties of having two different cultures . The first poem "Search" focuses on less visual effects such as language. She writes the beginning and of the poem in English but the middle is made up of Gujerati. Even though we cannot tell what the writing means it doesn't matter because we still get the same effect from it, the almost angriness and distress from the poet, Sujata Bhatt . ...read more.

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Moniza Alvi calls her Pakistani clothes her "weekend clothes" this shows that she doesn't see them as clothes she wants to wear but clothes she is forced to wear by her parents and relatives so that she remembers her culture in Pakistan. Both poets feel as if they don't belong in either culture they long to just have a simple background from one country although other people who have that wish that they had different exciting backgrounds. Both poems are autobiographical and talk to you as a the reader not to a group of people. "You ask me what I mean" is the first line of "Search for my Tongue" Sujata Bhatt uses the first line to show that she is answering a question, not that anyone has directly asked but that she knows people are thinking. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "Search for my Tongue" Sujata Bhatt thinks she has got rid of her old language " I thought I spit it out" but in her dreams that she can't control she talks in Gujarati. In "Presents from my Aunts" Moniza Alvi has constant reminders of her Pakistani culture every time she wears her "costumes". Although "Search" is a lot more grown up and has an older persons point of view is very monotone but a lot more emotional than the other poem. The words "spit" and "rot" are onomatopoeic and stress on the reader how the poet is feeling. The other poem is a lot more like a story showing a child's life so far. Both poems show the reader what having two cultures is like in their own different ways but both have the same message. ...read more.

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