Compare how Nichols and Alvi explore the issue of identity in "Hurricane Hits England" and "Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan" In this essay I aim to compare the two poems

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Holly Millerchip                PFMAIP and HHE

Compare how Nichols and Alvi explore the issue of identity in “Hurricane Hits England” and “Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan”

        In this essay I aim to compare the two poems “Hurricane Hits England” by Grace Nichols and “Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan” by Moniza Alvi.  I aim to analyse the language and structure shape of different meanings, also to see what acts as a trigger in the two poems and finally to compare the issues rose about culture.

        Both of the poets feelings about their culture are triggered by something, which makes them think about how they feel.  Alvi uses the presents to act as a trigger, which makes her realise, she isn’t as happy as what she could be.  When she describes herself as ”Staring through the fretwork,” she shows that she feels torn between the two cultures.  She also feels that she is stuck within the English culture but wants to widen her knowledge to the Pakistani culture and maybe even switch her culture.  Another meaning to when she says this, is she doesn’t feel the fretwork is only iron but the English culture is there stopping her and not the iron frame.  Or it could even be herself that is stopping her because she is afraid of not fitting in since she has changed so much.

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        In comparison, Nichols uses the hurricane to act as her trigger, however, it doesn’t have the same effect on her as it did on Alvi.  When Nichols says “It took a hurricane to bring her closer to the landscape,” she is talking about herself.  When she says this, she means that ever since she moved to England, she has felt that her previous culture has just vanished, however, now the hurricane has hit England it made her think that no matter where she lives, the culture and her identity which she left behind, will always be there.  When the hurricane ...

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