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The speakers in both poems are living in England, buthave been reminded in different ways of the other countries in whichthey were born. Discuss the different ways that each poet is remindedof their birthplace.

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Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan and Hurricane Hits England The speakers in both poems are living in England, but have been reminded in different ways of the other countries in which they were born. Discuss the different ways that each poet is reminded of their birthplace. Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan but moved to England when she was very young. 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is an autobiographical poem, which shows how she is reminded of her birthplace by gifts that are sent from her Aunts in India. The 'salwar kameez peacock blue' and 'another glistening like an orange split open' remind her of the colourful traditional costume worn by her relatives in Pakistan. ...read more.

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The presents are 'radiant' in her wardrobe - a constant reminder of her heritage and it is with difficulty Alvi remember the journey to Britain. She pieces together fragments of her background from old 'fifties' photographs' and attempts to visually recreate her birthplace. As she grows up there are constant references to her homeland with news reports of fighting. She is distanced from the events and can only imagine her aunts in their 'shaded rooms' Sight of a passing beggar or sweeper-girl has the power to visually transport her to India and for a moment she believes she is in Lahore at the famous Shalimar gardens; a person of no 'fixed nationality'. ...read more.

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She feels that like the trees she has been uprooted from her foundations and exclaims, 'O why is my heart unchained?' The storm has brought feelings out in her that were previously hidden and the hurricane releases her emotions, breaking 'the frozen lake in me'. She makes the connection with the English landscape and her Guyana landscape finally realising the universality of the elements and, 'That the earth is the earth is the earth.' In 'Presents from my aunts in Pakistan' and 'Hurricane Hits England' both poets remember their roots. Alvi is reminded of her ancestry with the gifts that are sent from relatives and for Nichols it is a hurricane, which causes her to reflect on living in England and her roots in Guyana. ...read more.

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