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Describe and analyse the differences between the responses to the hurricane which struck the South in 1987 in, "Hurricane Hits England", by Grace Nichols and the article from the Times by John Young.

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J.Hart Describe and analyse the differences between the responses to the hurricane which struck the South in 1987 in, "Hurricane Hits England", by Grace Nichols and the article from the Times by John Young. Comment particularly on how and why the media text differs from the literary one. When a disaster such as this occurs, it is important to analyse the responses in the aftermath. We can tell a great deal from people's reactions. In particular we can observe which things matter to people in life. For example, many people would be upset by the destruction to the trees and so we can see that the environment is very important to them. However, others, such as Grace Nichols, would be looking for meaning in this and so it is obvious that she is a fairly religious person who believes that everything is done for a purpose. The differences in responses to the hurricane can be traced back to how a typical newspaper article would be written and presented in comparison with that of a poem. The title of a newspaper article is all important to its success, regarding readership. ...read more.

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"Talk to me Huracan Talk to me Oya Talk to me Shango And Hattie, My sweeping back-home cousin." (Stanza 2) Another example of strategically placed phrases can be found on line 26. "O why is my heart unchained?" This line is placed by itself so as to convey its importance and significance of meaning. It is an important spiritual moment for her as she feels she is reconnecting to her culture and this is brought out in the layout. Layout is also very important to the success of a media text. For instance, in our text, the whole article is presented in columnar layout. This format helps to reduce size of the article as the reader perceives it. Another similar method is that generally, the paragraphs in a newspaper article consist of just one sentence. "A national assessment was impossible yesterday as workmen struggled to clear blocked communications and to forestall further danger from damaged trees and branches." (Column 1 paragraph 3) Most readers will not want to read a huge article so the smaller the article appears, the greater success it will enjoy. This shows us that in a literary text, the layout can very often affect the meaning and response of a poem to an ...read more.

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Another example of a technique the poet uses is metaphor. "The howling ship of the wind," (Line 3) This is an excellent metaphor because the wind here is being compared to a ship. This is the howling ship of the wind that has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to England, bringing with it the poets culture. We can certainly see in the media text how the straightforward language gives a definite, immediate response to the hurricane. The literary text uses a range of techniques to show how the poet has responded to the hurricane and the meaning she finds behind it. The content of a media text is based on certain principles. For example, a media text will almost always begin with the most important details and work down to only the minor details. In our text, the first paragraph talks of, "Hundreds of thousands of trees" but by the time we reach the end we read, "A large oak" referring to just one tree. In this way we can see that the proverbial pyramid is pointing downwards. Secondly, the audience must also be considered. Consequentially, the text will generally contain some specific references to individual towns. In this way, readers can glance through the article looking for references to their town and so they will be interested to read about themselves. ...read more.

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