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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
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.5 star(s)
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
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.5 star(s)
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
How do the poets present people in Vultures and Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes4 star(s)
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
Compare the ways the poets use description in from Search for my Tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi.4 star(s)
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
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 the ways that Heaney presents nature in Storm on the Island and At a Potato Digging. Compare this with Patrolling Barnegat and Sonnet.4 star(s)
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
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
What methods does Dharker use in This Room to explain a different culture compared to Not My Business by Niyi Osundare?4 star(s)
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
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
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
'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