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  1. "Search for my tongue" and "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" comparison.

    She, like Bhatt, is forced to live with two cultures and is unsure of how she fits into either. Unlike, Search for my Tongue, in Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan the symbol of her identity is clothing. The clothing from Pakistan is portrayed as vibrant and rich with "peacock blue" and "candy striped bangles"; in contrast the English clothes are admired for the comfort they bring her because they make her feel like she fits in. The whole poem focuses on the balance between English and Pakistani life in this way. Unlike Alvi, who seems confused by her lack of identity, Bhatt presents her conflict in a determined way.

    • Word count: 1323
  2. Comparing Not My Business with Nothings Changed and how they demonstrate strong attitudes and feelings about how individuals are treated in society

    Unlike 'Nothing's Changed', 'Not My Business' is not written auto-biographically, infact the narrator has the complete opposite attitude towards discrimination and politics in Nigeria. Ironically, the title 'Not My Business', although agreeing with the narrator's view; "What business of mine is it?", it actually contradicts the purpose of the poem, that it SHOULD be our business, and we should care about mistreatment in our societies, no matter which level it is on, whether it's bullying or racism. In the UK people are not afraid to speak up about their feelings and attitudes to things.

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  3. Hurricane hits England/Hurricane comparison

    This shows a recognition of her background and the tribal culture of her native land. The use of the first poem also serves to draw the reader into the poem more deeply, meaning they become engaged and empathise. Nichols uses natural imagery throughout the poem, demonstrating a love of nature. A transferred epithet calling the wind a 'howling ship' draws attention to the nautical image, which shows why she loves the tropical winds; they have travelled across the ocean like a ship, as did she. It is something she remembers from home. The use of the sea and items associated with it continues as the trees are compared to 'falling...whales'.

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  4. Compare the ways the poems/poet present injustice. The two poems I have chosen are Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathuaite and Nothings Changed by Tatamkhula Afrika.

    Nothing's Changed is about the destruction of district 6, where people of all colours and beliefs lived together. However after the apartheid it was declared a 'whites-only' area. I chose these 2 poems as they are both injustice and tell in 2 different scenarios. Three techniques I chose to compare are structure, imagery and juxtaposition The structure for Limbo is that there are no punctuation until the last sentence where there is a full stop to end it. This is because it is symbolic to the slaves' continuous suffering. Also something that is very effective and which is not recognised quickly is that the poem begins with a capital letter, to show the journey has begun and ends with a full stop to show the journey has ended.

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  5. Compare the methods used to show aspects of peoples lives in Night of the Scorpion with the methods used to sow aspects of peoples lives in one other poem.

    The questions are straight forward but the answers are quite detailed, these two points together create a sympathetic portrayal of people who live simple, plain lives working in the paddy fields. It could also be said that it's a soldier reporting back because of the use of the word "Sir". In contrast Ezekiel uses a traditional layout, with only two stanzas, the lines lengths are irregular and unrhymed but there is a loose pattern of full stops every 3-4 lines but still flows thoroughly.

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  6. Compare the ways in which contrast is used in Someone and Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes

    It sets the mood for the poem as when the reader sees the word 'death' they realise that the poem is going to be unhappy. O'driscoll conveys the Irish culture into his poem too. The phrase '...shaving his face to marble for the icy laying out' shows this, and this is because when a person dies, their body is laid out in their house for a few days. This is a religious tradition that Catholics do. Both the words, 'icy' and 'marble' link in with each other; they both have connotations to words such as 'cold, hard and solid'.

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  7. "How does the poet use the theme to present a happy event in the poem Blessing compare this with a poem of your choice?"

    The effect on the reader is that we comprehend that what we take for granted for some people is like 'silver' and makes us realise how lucky we are but it also makes us feel sorry for the people in the poem where 'There is never enough water.' In the poem 'Island Man' a similar theme is introduced because some people that came abroad from different countries just like the 'Island Man' may feel like strangers and it makes

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  8. Compare the ways the poet reveals feelings about a place in Nothing's Changed with the ways another poet reveals feelings about a place or places in one other poem. (Night of the Scorpion)

    The place is vital due there being cultural inequalities. An example of this would be the 'White's only Inn'. "I press my nose to the clear panes" represents the inferior White's with their better quality of life, "down the road, working man's cafe" seperates the two places to show the inequality between whites to blacks and rich to poor. In Night of the Scorpion, the structure is based on the intensity of his mothers injury as the poem goes on. "My mother twisted through and through" is used nearer the end to show the intensity building up. The culture of the Hindu believe in 'reincarnation' and is shown when the boy says, "I watched the holy man perform his

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  9. Vultures by Chinua Achebe and Night of the scorpion by Nissim Ezekie, both use lunguistic and structural techniques to relay the message being brought forward by the poem.

    sense of danger fior the reader, this enhances the message being brough forward by this poem; pathetic falacy is also used within Night of the Scorpion for a similar purpose, the fact that the "steady rain" is present it shows it is a tense atmosphere for the reader foreshadowing upcoming events in the poem. In addition through Ezekiel using the word "night" at the beginning of the poem this adds to the atmosphere as at this time is mostly associated with unawarness and also a time

    • Word count: 572
  10. In What Were They Like and Nothings Changed, both Levertov and Afrika illustrate a sense of meaning about Viet Nam and District Six by using linguistic and structural techniques.

    Similarly, in 'What Were They Like', Levertov also expresses her resentment but in a more subtle way. She uses phrases such as 'their light hearts turned to stone'. This suggests that the Vietnamese people, who were light-hearted and simple people, have become inflicted with pain and distress. The contrast of 'light' against 'stone' which is heavy effectively shows this. The poets also use references to words that accommodate the semantic field of nature to indicate the sharp contrast between the cultures.

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  11. Both `Two scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful people in a Mercedes` and `What were they like?` use language and layout for effect.

    Having the questions before the answers creates the idea that people have loads of questions of about this culture yet not many people have the answers and the break between the stanza shows you have to wait for somebody that knows the answers. The layout in `What were they like?` could also reflect the difficulty situation in Vietnam because having the answers second shows it is difficult to answer the questions but also creates the idea that it was also a difficult situation for the people of Vietnam and now it's difficult to get the answers as they are no longer like that.

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  12. Snakes and Pigeons Poetry comparision

    So at the moment Lawrence doesn't like the snake. In the poem snake, "...On a hot, hot day ..." sets the scene of where this is happening, the country is very hot. In the second stanza, there are a lot of 's' sounds and they carry through the stanzas like a snake and thy also tell you about the snake, "... slackness soft-bellied...", you can imagine the snakes belly, "slackness" makes the snake seem effortless and "soft-bellied" gives the effect of imagery, as you can almost imagine yourself touching the snakes belly.

    • Word count: 1354
  13. Blessing and Island Man

    Also, in the third stanza, commas are omitted in the line 'every man woman child' to show the urgency of everyone in the village, who seize this opportunity to grab water. Imtiaz Dharker does use commas however when describing the different materials that the pots are made of. This makes it seem as if, even though Dharker only describes five vessels, there are a multitude of pots and buckets being used. Throughout the third stanza, the lines are free-flowing, and run into each other like the water which is being described. 'Island Man's structure is also a fairly irregular one.

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  14. Not My Business and 'District 6' compared.

    Furthermore the poet uses 'stuffed him down the belly' to make the reader feel as though the government are like predators waiting to leap at anyone who opposes them. Osundare also uses this stanza to elaborate on the soldiers' relentlessness towards the people, 'beat him soft like clay.' He uses this line to show the cruelty and injustice laid upon the people, because of the abuse of power and violence used to discourage individuals who resist them. The word 'clay' helps to describe the methods of torture used to punish attempts at what the government calls transgression.

    • Word count: 1739
  15. Nothings Changed and Limbo comparison

    This effect is a main part of the poem, as the suffering at the start of the poem, is juxtaposed with the pulse and limbo dance through the slaves lives through the poem. In Nothing's Changed, similar repetition techniques have shown injustice in the world. As Nothing's Changed was based on the post apartheid times in South Africa, the poet writes how although it would be illegal to discriminate, and how there no longer are signs promoting this, it still happens, and is through the antithesis of District Six, and the "new, up-market" town, mentioned in line 22.

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  16. How is Imagery portrayed in two poems (Night of the Scorpion and Blessing) you have studied?

    Firstly, the title of a poem plays a very significant role as the first thing our eyes lock with when reading a poem is the title. The title 'Night of the Scorpion' could symbolise the 'night' on which something happened relating a Scorpio or its could suggest that something so small and low in status as a Scorpio became such a huge issue that it took up the whole night. 'Blessing' on the other hand is a metaphor for the giving/ receiving of water.

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  17. In my essay I will be comparing the two poems nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and still Ill rise by Maya Angelou. My main aim in this essay is to discover how the two poets describe and express their feelings.

    Just like when you take a piece of paper and you twist it, the creases are impossible to take out. Then she says the word "bitter" this shows the reader how distressful this is to her and shows the reader that it really hurts her. "Trod me in very dirt" by saying this she explains her self and says that, you can do whatever you want but it doesn't bother me, still ill get there. She shows that she is full of firmness and determination and nothing will stop her.

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  18. Other side of the dale

    This also shows he is inspecting a Primary school. He also notes the size which is "long square rooms with high beamed ceilings." The inspector also comments on the classrooms. He says that "the classroom was neat and tidy". This shows they work in a tidy environment and it would make the inspector think they are a good school. He comments on the setting which he would look at when inspecting any school.

    • Word count: 557
  19. What Methods Do the Poets of 'Who's For the Game?' and 'Fall In' Use to Persuade the Men of the Time to Join the British Army?

    This is emotional blackmail. It's saying that all the girls will be interested in the men that fought in the war and not those who were too afraid. So this affects the reader emotionally. Also, both poems use personal pronouns. For example, in 'Who's for the Game?' it says, 'Your country is up to her neck in a fight, And she's looking and calling for you' and in 'Fall In' it says, 'What will you lack, sonny, what will you lack, When for you the girls line up the street' and throughout the poem it refers to its captive audience as 'sonny'.

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  20. 6 Way Poetry Comparative Essay - Stages of Life Thesis

    Four out of the six poems discussed have repetition. Repetition is used to reinforce an idea or theme that the poet is trying to convey or illustrate to the reader. In 'Prayer Before Birth' and 'I Felt a Funeral in My Brain' repetition is used to emphasize the situation the narrator is dealing with. 'Prayer Before Birth' has a systematic repetitive system. The phrase 'I'm not yet born' is repeated in the beginning of every stanza, excluding the last one, indicating that the poet has still not seen the world outside.

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  21. How do the poets of Vultures and Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes argue that human nature and society are built upon cruelty and inequality?

    As death brings about the feeling of evil and suffering, these opening lines are effective at introducing and outlining the argument. 'Broken bone' being used to describe the branches of the tree is particularly effective, because it reminds the reader of pain and suffering. The "dead tree" is also used, and as these two describe where the vulture is perching, this further associates the vulture with death, adding to the fact that it is a vulture and so feeds on rotting carcasses.

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  22. Poems in the anthology

    wildlife and pleasant weather, contrasting vividly with the 'grey metallic soar' of the London North Circular which seems to indicate traffic jams of people on their way to work. It's actually unlikely that life on a Caribbean Island is as perfect as it's depicted or that London is as unpleasant as the 'dull roar' of the traffic sounds. The fact that Nichols uses a dream to present the past of the Island Man is significant as it underlines the idealistic nature of the vision.

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  23. Pre-war Poetry coursework

    He continues his feeling of unhappiness by saying 'One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk' - Lethe being the a river in Hades (the Greek underworld); souls about to be reincarnated drank from it to forget their past lives. It's as though he is trying to reveal to the reader that he wishes to forget the past as it has caused him so much pain! Stanza 2 goes straight into the fact that he wishes to escape - escape the pain that this reality of life is, escape the fact that death must come and pain it causes.

    • Word count: 1084
  24. Comparison between Dulce et Decorum Est & The Last Night

    "Bent double, like old beggars" and "knock-kneed" delineate a pigeon-toed figure suffering from pure fatigue --an inadequacy to be what is defined as a soldier. In the simile, "Coughing like hags, we cursed", we can hear the witch hoarseness of the cough - the enigma here is the build-up this state if they have been simply marching through battles, like Jessie Pope presumed. A sense of utter sensory deprivation is conveyed through, "Men marched asleep... limped on, lame, all tired, drunk with fatigue, deaf even to the hoots."

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  25. Comparing mental pictures of place in Island Man and Blessing

    Yet her tone at the beginning is rather serious as the direct statement, 'There never is enough water' reflects that this place is one of hardship and poverty due to the hot dry weather. In contrast, the tone at the end of 'Island Man' is dull and realistic as he awakes from his dream to, 'Another London day.' Both poems use third person narrative to create a distancing effect towards the places they consider. The Island Man is revisiting his home in a dream, which his itself another sort of place, as he is not remembering the reality of the

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