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GCSE: Comparing poems
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Compare how the past reveals feelings about a place in Nothings Changed with the ways another poet reveals feelings about a place or places in one other poem.5 star(s)
This shows that as he is walking along, his anger is building up. This anger is a physical bodily reaction, which he feels, and his whole body id rejecting the place. His anger spreads from his hands to his skin, to his lungs, to the hot white inward turning anger of his eyes. This can be noticed because the sentences are turning longer and longer as his anger builds up. In contrast with Nothing's Changed, Nichols in Island Man also talks about her feelings about a place where she had grown up as a child.
- Word count: 1729
The poems Strange fruit written by Abel Meeropol (Lewis Allen) 1937 and Still I rise written by Maya Angelou both convey the racism which fell upon the lives of many black individuals.4 star(s)
'Still I rise' also uses a 2nd person pronoun, which gives the piece a direct appeal to the reader, creating assumptions that the white man is reading it. This grabs the reader and plays with the reader's guilt. The use of metaphors and similes in each poem helps the reader engage their mind to imagine the scene of the poems. In the opening lines of 'strange fruit' there is use of metaphors, for example 'southern trees bear a strange fruit' strange is the first line of this poem.
- Word count: 1292
He spends a while judging which path he should possibly take and there is the feeling that, whichever road he takes, it is for good and he can't turn back and choose the other one. He thinks properly about this and tries to see ahead as he says he "Looked down one as far I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth". This implies that the traveller is trying to catch a glimpse of what lies ahead before actually undertaking the route, he may be apprehensive as to what is around the corner.
- Word count: 1785
The use of the word 'democracy' is sarcastic, there shouldn't be a 'gulf' in a 'democracy', especially in a place like 'San Francisco' that should keep everyone equal. Similarly there is an invisible divide in apartheid Africa, shown in 'Nothing's Changed', where although 'No sign says it is' they still 'know where they belong.' Apartheid is over when the poem had been written, however, like in 'Two Scavengers' there is still inequality between the two classes of people. The white people still believe that the black people don't belong there.
- Word count: 1277
Compare Sujata Bhatt's Search for my tongue poem, with Grace Nichols' Hurricane Hits England, and decide whether or not having one or more culture can be a positive experience.4 star(s)
a hurricane to bring her closer' this is both a positive and a negative thing due to the fact that it shows us that she has had a negative experience but the outcome has been positive in her perspective and opinion. I have also thought this because this is just the start of the poem and in both poems, the topics change quite frequently, which gives us an insight into believing that anything could happen. Furthermore, it shows us that also, with the strong range of writing techniques, it is used in a way to show us that the topic is uncomfortable for her to discuss/write about, using paradox, metaphors, similes and more.
- Word count: 1471