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The poem Search for my Tongue, written by Indian born author Sajata Bhatt, is about a girl who is worried she is forgetting her mother tongue.

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Introduction

"Search for my Tongue" The poem "Search for my Tongue", written by Indian born author Sajata Bhatt, is about a girl who is worried she is forgetting her mother tongue. In my opinion, the poet wrote the poem to try and help people understand the difficulty of speaking two languages. I think she is trying to get across the message that you will never loose something that is such a big part of who you are. There are different emotions throughout the poem. At first, the girl feels confused and sad, as she is scared of losing her native language of Indian: "...and lost the first one, the mother tongue, and could not really know the other". Towards the middle, the girl speaks quite angrily and fiercely: "rot and die in your mouth, until you had to spit it out", using negative words such as "rot" and "die". ...read more.

Middle

The image of a tongue is powerful all the way through. The word "tongue" has two relevant meanings in this poem - an organ which enables you to speak, and a language. The tongue is cleverly compared to a plant by using words and phrases such as "rot", "bud" and "a stump of a shoot". A plant and a tongue both have one important thing in common - if you don't give them attention, they will die. For the plant, this is in the form of water and light. But for the tongue you must practice speaking your language. This use of imagery reinforces what the girl is saying. The poem beings with normal, everyday language to draw the reader in, so they feel on the same level as the girl. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is also interesting to try speaking the Indian language. It makes me feel as though I can relate to the girl, as the difficulty I have trying speak Indian must be how she felt learning English for the first time. Because of this I think the poem is successful in achieving its purpose. A phrase that stands out to me is "grows strong veins". It is referring to the girl's native language coming back to her, but could also be a way of saying the girl is growing more confident. She now feels like a stronger person, because she knows that her mother tongue is still there. A vein is a tube that takes blood to the heart - in this case the vein is bringing more confidence into the girl's heart. ...read more.

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This answer appears to have been awarded a D grade, but I would like to think it is worth much higher; perhaps leaning towards a high C grade/possibly low B grade for GCSE. The answer orientates around an analysis of ...

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This answer appears to have been awarded a D grade, but I would like to think it is worth much higher; perhaps leaning towards a high C grade/possibly low B grade for GCSE. The answer orientates around an analysis of 'from: Search For My Tongue' by Sujata Bhatt. There is a sound focus on the poem that remains consistent throughout the answer and the response is well-planned out. Though there is no comparative poem, which is quite odd for a question on Poems from Other Cultures, the candidate has plenty to say with regard to what Bhatt intended with the poem. There is quite a bias towards the language used and perhaps a little more analysis could be invested in the commentary of imagery.

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis shown by this candidate point towards a candidate working at a level that looks likely to achieve a high C/low B grade for GCSE. The analysis is in-depth in areas (though sporadic, admittedly) and there is plenty of interpretation that are entirely valid. Some areas may need a little work, and the essay does appear to get of to quite a weak start, with the candidate saying that the poem is about how "you will never loose something [tongue, e.g. - identity] that is such a big part of who you are." This is a fair observation but the candidate could go deeper here, commenting possibly on the fact that identity (this is the buzz word) is often confusing. Sujata Bhatt moved to Britain and felt torn between two culture; two lives; two traditions; two languages. This contextual appreciation is the only thing preventing the candidate from scoring a solid B grade.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication here is fine. The lexis used is simplistic and not all the appropriate terminology that should appear does appear, so the candidate does need to familiarise themselves with the specialist definitions of words like assonance, syllabic rhythm, etc.


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