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    How does Sujata Bhatt show that identity is important in from Search For My Tongue? Compare the methods she uses with the methods another poet uses to show that identity is important in one other poem.

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    Language is a method used in both poems to show identity's importance. Both poems use a physical thing metaphorically, too. In SFMT, it's her tongue. Whereas in HHE, it's the hurricane.In SFMT, the two tongues (languages) conflict in her (both physically and metaphorically). The two toungues would be squashed; there's clearly not enough room in someone's mouth for two tongues. This reflects her struggles on knowing two languages: the 'mother tongue' and the 'foreign tongue'. This is effective in showing Bhatt's dilemma and concerns.

    • Word count: 643
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    In both Hurricane Hits England and Search For My Tongue, the poems explore the theme of culture being important to person, both poems approach this theme in different ways.

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    These "gods" that she is calling out to us the reader, makes us also think that she is trying to create a chant as if she sees the hurricane as both "Fearful and reassuring". Although she is happy that the hurricane has come for it has been able to help her discover her culture again, she is also reminded about what damage this 'life force' can do to a country, physically and emotionally. The poet is using this event in England to help call her "back-home cousin".

    • Word count: 815
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    How do the poets present people in Vultures and Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes

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    Yet he marvels at the seemingly misplaced show of love, as the male 'inclined affectionately' to the other vulture. In a sense Achebe uses language in this poem to suppress that even the most obviously repulsive people can show love. Similarly, Lawrence Ferlinghtti uses language in 'Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes' to present people. However the difference here is that the language is used, not to repulse us, but to contrast the two couples we are shown. The contrast between the 'grungy scavengers' and the 'cool' couple is shown throughout the poem. While the man is 'hip' has long 'blond hair' and is a rich architect, the older scavenger is a 'hunched back' with grey iron hair', looking like 'Quasimodo'.

    • Word count: 887
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    Compare the ways the poets use description in from Search for my Tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi.

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    On the other hand, in the second section, after the Gujarati, she uses more positive language and personifies her first language to "grows strong veins" as well as "grows longer" and "grows moist". Bhatt shows it like a new birth of her "mother tongue" as "the bud opens in my mouth" and "blossoms out of my mouth". All these language is more positive and describes what happens to her tongue. Conversely, the language used in 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is more colourful to show how much Moniza Alvi admires the clothes in Pakistan.

    • Word count: 643
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    Compare the ways that Heaney presents nature in Storm on the Island and At a Potato Digging. Compare this with Patrolling Barnegat and Sonnet.

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    Correspondingly, Seamus Heaney's poem "At a potato Digging" captures the emotions and experiences of the Irish Potato famine. In "Storm on the Island" Heaney intends to mimics human emotions and comments that it can be violent and unpredictable; but even through the roughest times we must be "prepared" like the people of the Island are determined to live through the "huge nothing" which they fear. On the other hand, in the poem "At a Potato Digging" Heaney's intentions are more concerned with the suffering of the potato famine and he also dedicates a moral through it. A number of linguistic techniques are used to build tension and present nature in the eyes of the poets.

    • Word count: 841
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    What methods does Dharker use in This Room to explain a different culture compared to Not My Business by Niyi Osundare?

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    However I think that the "room" has been suppressed and just given new life. On the other hand, a "room" cannot be suppressed so in my personal opinion I think the "room" is a metaphor for the country in which Dharker lives. However in the poem "Not my business", in the first stanza; it says "Beat him soft like clay". This is a simile, and makes the reader think that "Akanni" is beaten up so bad that he is soft. As clay is easily moulded and shaped I think she shows how severely he was beaten up and how powerless he was.

    • Word count: 698
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    Compare how the poems What Were They Like and Vultures present the cruelty of war.

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    In the same way the 'Daddy' in "Vultures" ignores the 'fumes of human roast'; but action cannot be without consequence, which causes the experience 'clinging rebelliously'. Here both poets imply that not knowing the consequences of war is the cruellest act of all, otherwise lives and culture would not be lost. In "Vultures", the cruelty of war is also shown through the conflict of good and evil. Achebe contrasts the beauty of 'love' to the ugliness of vultures; this shows that those at conflict can unite even with their differences.

    • Word count: 688
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    Unrelated Incidents And Half Caste Comparison

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    From the second stanza on, the poet addresses the audience in a very direct way, 'explain yuself, wha yu mean'. It is almost as if Agard is assuming that the reader is one of those who look down on mixed race people and use the term 'half-caste'. On the other hand, Leonard's 'unrelated incidents' is about how people have prejudices for and against particular accents and dialects and he starts his poem with language close to Standard English, 'this is thi six a clock news', but it becomes more dialectal as it progresses.

    • Word count: 947
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    Search For My Toungue and Hurricane Hits England Comparison

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    'It took a hurricane, to bring her closer to the landscape'. This shows that the character feels alienated and doesn't feel at home. However, Bhatt's poem starts of with a strong but conversational tone, 'you ask me...I ask you', opening a close relationship with the reader. The writer feels fear that she has lost the ability to speak for her culture and consequently questions her identity. Nichols shows that in her poem, it is the hurricanes that re connects her to her heritage. It breaks the 'frozen lake' in her. This suggests that her personality and history was turned frozen, and she felt restricted when she moved to England.

    • Word count: 837
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    Comparing Search for my Tongue and Half-Caste

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    Although another language is used, the reader can still read the poem aloud due to the phonetic translations beneath the Indian script. On the other hand, it is not a foreign language that is used in "Half", but a dialect. By combining his native Caribbean dialect with Standard English words, the poet is showing that it is also his accent he is discriminated against. There is no punctuation used in the poem to enable the reader to choose when to pause - this could results in different people reading the poem in different ways.

    • Word count: 521
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    Poem comparision showing importance of identity

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    Walcott uses the metaphor of a stranger, which is yourself, because when you are in a relationship, you become someone else and get traits from another person. The stranger in the mirror is the person who you were before you were in a relationship. Both poems are similar because they talk about how were still ourselves before the change but will be who we are after time in "Love after love" and after getting rid the nightmares in "This room".

    • Word count: 923
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    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.

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    They both use similar devices to portray their personal attitudes towards the topic. The term 'Caste' means to be made, therefore 'Half-Caste' is a reacial term meaning half made. It is an offensive word used to descibe someone as being only half a person. John Agard opens the poem in standard English: "Excuse me standing on one leg". He chose to do this to show his diversity in culture. He later changes his language to portrayhis other culture. "Explain yuself wina yu mean". John Agard is showing his audience his pride in being from two separate cultures using language.

    • Word count: 603
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    Comparing Before You Were Mine and Mother, any distance

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    The quote also shows us that he's moving into a new house because I think you would usually need to carry out these measurements when moving in, but even after he will be moving into a new house and away from her security, she is still there for him, and always will be. This emphasizes that they have a strong and healthy relationship. He also talks about how he feels as he is moving further away from him mother as he is growing up, "...unreeling years between us."

    • Word count: 488
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    'Hurricane Hits England' & Presents From...'

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    But as the storm progresses the woman 'aligns' herself with the weather gods of her past and finds herself "riding the mystery of your storm". This sense of oneness with the storm brings about a transformation in the woman's attitude. Her feelings had been like a "frozen lake" which the storm breaks up. She had felt that she was in a different place with a different landscape, but now she understands that all places are part of the same planet and she is closer to her new landscape.

    • Word count: 769

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast To His Coy Mistress(TM) and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love(TM)

    "In conclusion I think that the most persuasive poem is 'The Passionate Shepherd to his Love' because he makes the woman feel special and he doesn't mention her losing her virginity or the idea that time is running out. Instead he implies that time is no object when you are in love with someone as beautiful as her. These poems have had a very defiant effect on me, this being that I started to look into the attitudes to love now and I thought about how and why they have changed over time. Also it immediately made me put myself in the receiving end of the poem and thought about how I would react to them individually. Words - 1441"

  • Compare the ways in which Wordsworth presents London in Upon Westminster Bridge with Blakes view of London in his poem London.

    "In my opinion both of the poetess have right to give their own opinion, like every human being. William Blake showed the bad side of London and Wordsworth the good side, both of them has right to show the differences every person got different views for certain things. Blake was showing the negative things to show what makes him angry as Wordsworth has made his poem calm and enjoyable for everyone. Angelika Zadranowicz"

  • Compare two poems, "From Stone to Steel" by E.J. Pratt and "Overture" by F.R. Scott.

    "In conclusion, obviously, poets use different devices to decorate their poem. Both poems are really different from each other. One is dark and the other is light. They contrast a lot on this point. The poets use different devices to specify on certain important aspect of the poem. Page 1 of 4"

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