What methods does Dharker use in This Room to explain a different culture compared to Not My Business by Niyi Osundare?
What methods does Dharker use in "This Room" to explain a different culture compared to "Not My Business" by Niyi Osundare? In the poem "This Room" Dharker uses the room as a personified metaphor throughout the whole poem. She talks of the room as if its living, to prove the point, in the first stanza it says "cracking through its own walls". She personifies the room as its cracking. I think she uses the word cracking as eggs crack. An egg gives new life; this could mean that the "room" as been given new life, new meaning or it could mean cracking in the form of destruction. 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. I think in the next line "And stuffed him down the belly....", it brings images of clothes and objects being forced. This brings out compassion in a reader as humans should not be forced to anything and treated like a mere object. It then starts a repetition verse. In this stanza,
Choose two poems that explore the idea of discomfort in a new environment. Both "Hurricane Hits England" and "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" deal with the idea of discomfort in a new environment: "Hurricane Hits England" is about feeling better in the new environment by being reminded about the old one. "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" is about how contact with the old environment can make it difficult to feel at home in the new one. "Hurricane Hits England" shows how a woman is brought closer to the English landscape. The hurricane is something familiar from her Caribbean past and she feels its growing force "like some dark ancestral spectre". At first she is confused by its presence in England and speaks to the spirits of the wind to find out why they have come: Tell me why you visit An English coast? 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. The winds have Come to let me know That the earth is the earth is the earth.
How do the poets present people in Vultures and Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes
How do the poets present people in Vultures and one other poem. In the Vultures, Chinua Achebe presents a rather pessimistic view of mankind. He presents the reader with an ambiguous conclusion about the nature of people. He suggests that in even the most evil 'ogre' can love exist, or that love can only exist in people, in the presence of eternal evil. The main way that Achebe presents people, is the language he uses to describe the vultures. In fact, the vultures may be a metaphor for all people. The reader is bombarded with gruesome language, and the poet's diction is very negative. He writes of the depressing 'drizzle', the vultures perching on a 'broken bone of a dead tree'. He intertwines these depressing phrases with the revolting --, how the vultures 'picked the eyes' of a 'swollen corpse'. 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
Comparing "Search for my Tongue" and "Half-Caste" The poems "Search for my Tongue" and "Half-Caste" both use style and language to reflect the meaning of the poems. "Search" is about a girl is afraid she is losing her native language of Indian, while "Half" is about a man is fed up of being called "half-caste" because he is of mixed race. In "Search" another language is used - the poets mother tongue of Indian. The structure of the poem reflects how important the language is to the girl, as it is placed in the middle, to show it is central to her life. 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. I think that the style in which both poems are written conveys a journey with a positive ending. The girl in "Search" realises that her mother tongue is always with her, and the man in "Half" is welcoming the reader to come back for more if they do so open mindedly. Similarly, both poems start with