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GCSE: Poems from Different Cultures
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How to respond to exam questions on poems from other cultures
- 1 You will usually be asked to compare at least two poems, sometimes you will be given one poem and asked to choose another.
- 2 Use the language of comparison in your answers. Good words are: 'however', 'therefore', 'in contrast', 'on the other hand'.
- 3 Use PEE to help you structure your essays. This means point, evidence and explanation.
- 4 Embed all of your quotations into your essay. Your writing should be fluid and the quote should be encased by the rest of the sentence.
- 5 Make sure all poetic terminology is used accurately when you discuss the language and the structure of the poem.
Maya Angelou - Still I Rise
- 1 Maya Angelou is an African American writer of novels and poems.
- 2 In Still I Rise she writes about the fact that she, as a black woman is not subjugated or broken by what has been done to both her personally and the black race as a whole.
- 3 She addresses her readers directly as ‘you’, asks rhetorical questions and uses repetition metaphors and similes.
- 4 Angelou references Africa’s natural riches and the exploitation of these.
- 5 The phrase Still I Rise is a refrain and is repeated three times at the end of the poem.
In both Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt and Half Caste by John Agard strong imagery is used to present ideas and feelings, mainly those of identity.4 star(s)
- Word count: 729
- Submitted: 05/01/2009
- Reviewed by: sydneyhopcroft 27/03/2012
How Do The Two Poets HighlightThe Difficulties Of Living In A Different Culture In the two poems 'Unrelated Incidents' by Tom Leonard and 'Half-Caste' by John Agard?4 star(s)
Half Caste by Agard and Search for my tongue by Bhatt use non-standard English within their writing to portray strong messages.3 star(s)
- Word count: 659
- Submitted: 07/05/2012
- Reviewed by: sydneyhopcroft 04/07/2012
The poem Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan, by Moniza Alvi, is about a girl who has emigrated from Pakistan to Britain3 star(s)
- Word count: 854
- Submitted: 19/01/2012
- Reviewed by: PicturePerfect 25/02/2012
The poets of both half-Caste and Search for my Tongue put a strong emphasis on the importance of personal identity. They both use similar devices to portray their personal attitudes towards the topic.3 star(s)
- Word count: 603
- Submitted: 14/02/2011
- Reviewed by: sydneyhopcroft 17/02/2012
- Word count: 1808
- Submitted: 28/11/2010
- Reviewed by: SunSunHemnilrat 16/02/2012