Compare the poems 'Presents from my aunts in Pakistan' with 'Search for my tongue.

Authors Avatar
 Compare the poems ‘Presents from my aunts in Pakistan’ with ‘Search for my tongue. The writer, Moniza Alvi, reveals her past in an autobiographical way in her poem Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan. The poem shows the reader her feelings for Pakistan, the country she was born in. The line “of no fixed nationality” sums up the tone of the poem, that because she lives in England, speaks English but is from Pakistan, she does not seem to belong anywhere.The poem Search for my Tongue, written by Sujata Bhatt, has similar connotations to Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan, The line “I thought I spit it out” refers to the metaphor
Join now!
the whole poem is based on, that to speak two languages, to be a part of two cultures, is just as difficult as speaking with two tongues at once; it is impossible.While both poems are to inform the reader about the awkwardness of being of mixed race, the authors go about it in different ways. Moniza Ali shows the contrast in cultures by making the description of her presents from her aunts in Pakistan as vivid and exciting as possible: “glistening like an orange split open” and “embossed slippers”. This creates an image in the reader’s mind of Pakistan being ...

This is a preview of the whole essay