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.
Essay Question: Compare how the past 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. Nobody can help have feelings- they are a part of everyone. We feel differently towards an issue as different things happen to us. Feelings do not change with time. What we feel as a child stays with us even when we are older. Feelings can be positive or negative. The poets Tatamkhula Afrika and Grace Nichols are both trying to deliver a similar message about feelings. In the poem Nothing's changed, the poet is feeling anger towards the white people even though the Apartheid had been finished. "District Six. No board say it.... And the hot, white, inward turning anger of my eyes." This shows that the poet is feeling ferocity towards the People in District Six. This can be said because "District Six" has been written as a short, expletive sentence, which is full of anger. "No board says it: but my feet know" This shows that even though Apartheid has ended and all the boards which differentiate the black community from the white community have been removed, the poet still feels secluded from the community. "And my hands, and the skin about my bones, and the soft labouring of my lungs, and the hot, white, inward turning anger of my eyes." This shows that as he is walking along, his anger is
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.
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. 'Search For My Tongue' ('SFMT') and 'Hurricanes Hit England' ('HHE') both share a common theme of identity and how it influences our day-to-day life. 'SFMT' and 'HHE' together show show your cultural identity is within you; it's not constricted to a certain place. However, the two poets show this in different ways. In SFMT, Bhatt's emotional response to the language shows its importance. Whereas in HHE, Nichols' final conclusion of 'the earth is the earth' and her response to this epiphany show importance. 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. As a reader, I empathise with her as I understand that it must be difficult and frustrating. Additionally, the metaphor of the language being
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.
Compare how a person's culture is shown to be important in "Hurricane Hits England" and in one other poem. 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. In "Hurricane Hits England", the poet uses the method of flashbacks to explore the theme, whereas "Search For My Tongue" approaches this theme by putting us in the author's shoes. In "Hurricane Hits England", the subject matter is based around the serious hurricane that hit Southern England 1987. This is a very rare life force that is unusual in this country, more frequently occurring in the Caribbean. This storm in England reminds Nichols about her culture and this life force has been able to "break the frozen lake" within her. This shows us, the reader her culture is important to her, by creating a fusion of human life and natural life forces; "Talk to me Huracan...Talk to me Shango". 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
Compare how the poems What Were They Like and Vultures present the cruelty of war.
Compare how the poems "What Were They Like" and "Vultures" present the cruelty of war. Both poems, "What Were They Like" (WWTL) and "Vultures" has conflict as a common theme. "WWTL" is about the Vietnam war and the lasting effect of war on the culture, whereas "Vultures" is loosely about WWII and the conflict between good and evil. One of the ways that Levertov presents the cruelty of war in "WWTL" is through the ignorance of those in conflict. The structure of the poem takes the form of question and answer, which could perhaps be seen as a soldier asking a person of a higher status, because of the use of 'sir'. By asking about the past, the soldier is ignorant of the effect that he has on the 'people of Viet Nam'. 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. He admires the 'pebble on a stem' as well designed, similar to that of a tank, but at the same time well designed machines could
In Love After Love and Presents From My Aunts, the theme of self-discovery is addressed.
Compare Love After Love with one other poem and explore the theme of self-discovery in each of the poems. In 'Love After Love' and 'Presents From My Aunts', the theme of self-discovery is addressed. LAL discusses reverting back to your true self after the break down of a relationship whilst, Presents is about a teenager's struggles of finding herself in terms of her culture. Both poems use language to convey the importance of self-discovery. In LAL, emotive language is used. For example, 'welcome', 'greet' and 'elation'. This shows the excitement in finding yourself again. Presents similarly uses emotive words; however, for a much more negative approach. She 'longed' for the conventional 'denim and corduroy' and felt 'alien' in the 'glistening' salwar kameez. Her choice of vocabulary show her discomfort to the clothes and, in turn, she feels disconnected from her P Pakistani roots. Personally, I find this disheartening to see how she feels so distant from her culture, an importance part of her identity. Alternatively, in LAL religious connotations are used. It says 'Give wine. Give bread.' This could be used to signify the importance as 'wine' and 'bread' could be associated with the last supper or the Christian Eucharist services. Both poems also use structure to further explore self-discovery. LAL features an enjambaunt: 'Give back your heart/to itself'. This could have
Search For My Toungue and Hurricane Hits England Comparison
i) Compare the way poets use description in 'from search for my tongue' and one other poem. 'Hurricane Hits England' is a poem by Grace Nichols. The poem is about the problems of belonging to two cultures and the effects of memories and experiences from her past. In contrast, Sanjita Bhatt's poem, 'From Search for My Tongue' is also about coming to terms with a new life and different culture. In search for my tongue it is about the poet's original language that is vital to her identity, whereas in hurricane hits England, it is the reminiscence of hurricanes from her native Caribbean that affects the poet. The hurricane makes the poet reminisce about her native Caribbean. From the very start of Nichols poem, the audience is given the impression that the person hasn't quite connected with her new country. '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
Compare the ways that Heaney presents nature in Storm on the Island and At a Potato Digging. Compare this with Patrolling Barnegat and Sonnet.
Compare the ways that Heaney presents nature in "Storm on the Island" and "At a Potato Digging". Compare this with "Patrolling Barnegat" and "Sonnet". It was once said, 'We humans are full of unpredictable emotions that logic alone cannot solve.' -Something very similar to this is Nature. Poems which recall the experiences of nature are "Storm, on the Island" and "At a Potato Digging" which also relates to the poems "Patrolling Barnegat" and "Sonnet". Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland in 1939, the eldest child in what was to become a family of nine children. Much of Heaney's poetry is centred on the countryside and farm life that he knew as a boy. "Storm on the Island" by Heaney is a poem which explores the experiences which the people who live on an island encounter when a catastrophic storm strikes. 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
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.
Explore how the poems 'still I rise ' and 'strange fruit' represent the experiences of the black woman/man 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. Abel Meeropol although was not of black heritage was provoked to the hatred of the unjust crimes situated amongst the black race, he also emphasises his hatred for the people who perpetuate the circumstances that they were put under. Maya Angelou on the other hand was from a black heritage, and having been apart of the black race, gave her writing which explored the inequalities of the black female and the black man, a more defiant feel, whereas Abel's outsiders perspective of the black man/woman is not as harsh. The way each poem has been structured was specific to the manner in which both Abel Meeropol and Maya Angelou wanted it was presented to the reader. 'Strange fruit' was written in 3rd person which gave the piece and outsiders perspective, whereas 'still I rise' was written in 1st person this gave the poem a first hand perspective of the piece. '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
Unrelated Incidents And Half Caste Comparison
i) In 'Unrelated Incidents', Tom Leonard expresses his thoughts on how we our characterised by the way we speak. Compare one other poem that deals with similar ideas. John Agard, born in 1949 to parents of mixed nationality came to live in Britain in 1977. Agard's poem 'Half Caste' demonstrates the attitude of narrow minded people he must have met, who consider people of 'mixed race', to be inferior. Agard uses a bit of humour but the anger of the situation is always obvious. Tom Leonard, born In Glasgow, a British Citizen but describes him self as being thoroughly Scottish. Similar to Half Caste, Leonard's Poem is about attitude towards people with non standard accents and dialects and how we are discriminated because of the way we speak. Half Caste opens up with a short, sharp three line stanza in which Leonard sarcastically explains he is 'standing on one leg' because he is half caste; by this Leonard means that if people consider him to be half a person than he would only have one leg. 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
Compare the methods used to make a protest through poetry in two scavengers and one other poem.
Compare the methods used to make a protest through poetry in two scavengers and one other poem. Both 'Two Scavengers' and 'Nothing's Changed' are protesting against issues of discrimination between different classes of society and different races. In 'Two Scavengers' Ferlinghetti is protesting against the inequalities within a democracy, and how it's not democratic but more ruled by class. In 'Nothing's Changed' we are shown Africa when the apartheid law was still in place and a protest about the way black people are treated there. The imagery used by both poets highlights there protests against the unfairness of society. 'Two Scavengers' is set in San Francisco which is meant to be a democratic society however there is a 'small gulf in the high seas of this democracy.' The use of this metaphor emphasizes how society is still ruled by class. Ferlinghetti says the gulf is 'small' which indicates it should be easy to cross the over to a democratic society. However, paired with 'the high seas', it becomes hard to cross. It is dangerous to try and break out of the different classes and it is easier and almost safer to remain in the same kind of society. 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,