Compare how identity is shown to be important in ‘Half-caste’ and ‘In search for my tongue’
‘In search for my tongue’ is a poem based around the idea of culture and identity. The idea of losing a mother tongue, is like losing a body part; tongue being the metaphor most used along with a blossoming flower, connecting together at the end in union.
In this poem John Agard is criticizing the offensiveness and stupidity of the term “half-caste”. The poem uses an aggressive manner, and makes the reader responsible even guilty of maybe even using the term ‘half-caste’.
Identity is important; in “Half-caste” essentially it's using the idea of race as a wide metaphor. So challenging attitudes that are prejudiced towards half castes by ridiculing and questioning this through a poetic structure which both mocks stereotypes of the way foreigners speak as well as questioning whether many things which are mixed are any worse because of it. Essentially it's suggesting a duality to nature and to life, which is prevalent in a great deal of poetry like that of William Blake’s.