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Unrelated Incidents' by Tom Leonard and 'Search for my Tongue' by Sujata Bhatt are two poems that give people an

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'Unrelated Incidents' by Tom Leonard and 'Search for my Tongue' by Sujata Bhatt are two poems that give people an incite into how a person is perceived by others, by the way that they speak. 'Unrelated Incidents' is about how the BBC newsreaders all talking in Standard English and will not have a Scottish person reading the news because the viewers will not understand there accent, Tom Leonard views this as discrimination and shows his dislike to this attitude in his poem. 'Search for my Tongue' is about Sujata Bhatt's personal experiences with learning another language and having to speak in a foreign tongue and forgetting about the mother tongue which is the original language. When Sujata thinks that she has finally lost her mother tongue she starts to hear it again in her dreams. The layout of the poem 'Unrelated Incidents' is set out in an unusual way because of the poem talking about the BBC newsreaders. When the newsreaders reads out the news they read it off of autocue and this is how the poem is set out. When first looking at 'Unrelated Incidents' it is difficult to read because of the spellings of the words. ...read more.

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This would be on the contrary of what the poet is trying to get across. By giving 'Search for my Tongue' a rhyme it would make what she says not serious but funny and more of a joke and this distracts you from the actually issue that Sujata is trying to get across to the reader. Also both of the poems are the same because they both have enjambment in them. In 'Unrelated Incidents' it is written as an autocue so if that the presenter can read the script naturally and be able to make it flow. 'Search for my Tongue' has enjambment because it keeps the poem flowing so that you don't need to stop at the end of each line to pause. Also by using enjambment on both of these poems it keeps the reader interested because it doesn't stop and start it just keeps on going. In 'Unrelated Incidents' there are no capital letters which shows that no word is more important then another this could also mean that everyone is the same and no ones better than another and it doesn't matter where your from or what accent you have everyone is the same, which is the message of the poem. ...read more.

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tongue and be able to stop people from knowing that they are not the same as them and by this mother tongue people can know that they have a different culture and are not from around where they live and so are not so easily accepted. In 'Unrelated Incidents' the Scottish man has the same problem as Bhatt because of his accent as well. People think that because he doesn't speak in Standard English that he is not as bright or clever as them and can not even be considered for the job because of the way that he speaks. He is being judged by the way that he speaks because people assume that they know all about him because they think that by the way that they speak tells them all about that person. I think that the way the person speaks does tell us a bit about the person but not a lot. It tells us a bit about where their from but not about how clever they are or how nice they are. The two poems 'Search for my Tongue' and 'Unrelated Incidents' do tell us how hard it is that people can tell about them by the way that they speak. ...read more.

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