What views of Indian Culture are portrayed in 'A stench of Kerosene'? 'A Stench of Kerosene' written by Amrita Pritam, portrays the consequences of the strong influence of Indian culture in a village, which destroys a couple's marriage. Manak and Guleri have been happily married for eight years. The story opens to give the reader an insight into Guleri's homesickness. "Whenever Guleri was home-sick she would take her husband, Manak and they would go up to the top of the hill. 'She would see the homes of Chamba (her home village) twinkling in the sunlight and would come back, her heart glowing with pride'. This passage illustrates a happy couple in love, turning to each other for comfort. However the reader is given an impression of Guleri's imprisonment by her village customs and culture. Only 'once every year, after the harvest had been gathered in, Guleri was allowed to spend a few days with her parents' They would send a man to collect and bring her back to her own village. The story begins with Guleri recognising the neighing of the mare. She ran out of her in-law's house and put her head against her neck as if it were a door to her father's house! Doing this would relieve her from her homesickness. Pritam show sympathy for Guleri's homesickness, as she is cut-off from her family and there's no one apart from Manak to relieve her and comfort her. Because of the
"Welsh Landscape" "Small Window" and "Reservoirs" exhibit R.S Thomas views on Wales and Welshness compare and Contrast the poems with regards to content and structure.
"Welsh Landscape" "Small Window" and "Reservoirs" exhibit R.S Thomas views on Wales and Welshness compare and Contrast the poems with regards to content and structure. In this essay I am going to discuss, compare and contrast the three poems written by R.S Thomas. The three poems arse based on Wales and Welshness. R.S Thomas' views are very clear in these poems. R.S Thomas was brought was brought up in Cardiff in a non-Welsh speaking community. R.S Thomas did not learn how to speak Welsh until he moved to Welsh speaking communities. When R.S Thomas wrote these poems he felt as if he couldn't express himself as good as he could in the English language, So he decided not to write his poems in welsh and wrote them through the English language. The first poem I am going to discuss is "The Small Window".This poem was written by R.S Thomas as a reaction to the phenomenon in the 20th century.The phenomenon first accured in small villages in Penrhyn-Llyn when people from England came to Penrhyn-Llyn and offerd the welsh so much money they would not refuse to move out of their homes and turn them into holiday homes.Welsh people felt bitter over the situation.The welsh people decided it was wrong what the English had done too such small villages of Penrhyn-Llyn and the only way the Welsh could express their feelings was to burn down all the holiday homes. At the beginning of this
Compare and Contrast two poems - "He loved light, freedom and animals" and "Pneumoconiosis" Both poems are about death and the acceptance of death although are written from different perspectives and are different for the fact that in "He loved light, freedom and animals" by Mike Jenkins the young boy's death was quite a shock, but it could have been prevented whereas in "Pneumoconiosis" written by Duncan Bush the man's death is inevitable, there is nothing he can do to change it. Both poems also have connection with coalmines. Pneumoconiosis is a disease caught from working down in the mines, and the background of "He loved light, freedom and animals" is about a mining disaster that happened in Aberfan where a slag heap on the side of a mountain collapsed and engulfed parts of the small town. The first poem I studied was Pneumoconiosis, and as the title suggests, the poem is about the killing lung disease that many coalminers suffered and died from. "Pneumoconiosis" was renames "The Dust" by the sufferers because it was mainly caused by inhalation of a lot of dust. The dust would get trapped in the lungs and made breathing difficult, and eventually killed after many years of effecting collier's lives. Duncan Bush wrote in the form of an old retired coalminer who is slowly dying from the disease. The elderly man is now feeling the effects of the disease more than ever. He
Compare the ways in which contrast is used in Someone and Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes
Compare the ways in which contrast is used in 'Someone' and 'Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes' In the two poems 'Someone' and 'Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes', both O' Driscoll and Ferlinghetti share similarities, in the way in which they write. Both writers use contrast, to explore everyday scenes, to help them understand the universal ideas of general life, and how they may be affected by certain factors. Firstly, in the poem 'Someone', O' Driscoll starts the poem with the line, '...dressing up for death'. This suggests that the 'Someone', is getting ready for the day ahead of them. Death doesn't even cross their mind. They believe that they are getting ready for their day, and the plans they have. This contrasts the themes of, life and death as they don't realise that they are 'dressing up for death'. Additionally it suggests that death is a special occasion, by the words 'dressing up', as a lot of people like to dress up for special occasions. In addition, the phrase 'dressing up', and 'death' link in with each other, as when a person dies the body is dressed up to be placed in a coffin which sets an uneasy and anxious tone for the reader. 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
THE HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF CLUB CULTURE "History is hard to know because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of history it seems entirely reasonable that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time, and which never explain, in retrospect, what really happened" (Hunter.S.Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") The late 1980's saw the emergence of a hugely significant social phenomenon. Rave culture (or club culture as it is now most commonly referred to), is of massive appeal to many young people and statistics by Mintel show that 15.7 million people in Britain go clubbing each weekend (Mintel:1996). Clubbing has become a major cultural industry and cities such as Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester to name but a few, all have well developed clubbing industries making a substantial contribution to the local cities economy. Many cities have actively pursued inner city regeneration programmes partially based on the nighttime economy and attraction of clubbers (Malbon 1999:6). Club culture has become a notable area of study for two main reasons. Firstly because of the ever increasing scale of its appeal in modern society, and secondly because of the largely negative social reaction it has received from the media, police and the government. This led
Evacuee, By R.S Thomas & Disabled, By Wilfred Owen In this report I will be comparing and contrasting two poets from two different styles of life and cultural traditions. I will compare differences and similarities of how they deal with casualties of war. The first poet is R.S.Thomas. The poem that i have chosen is called evacuee, it is about a young girl who was born and grew up in a large city maybe London. She is evacuated to the Welsh countryside during the Second World War. She has no parents or family when she leaves and she is accepted into a farming family. She grows up and it shows that she has no plans of returning to the city. This poem is about the healing power of nature and someone who is saved from the disastrous effects of war. The second poet is Wilfred Owen. The poem is called Disabled and it is about a young man who is a football player, an athletic man, he has a girlfriend and he enjoys going out and drinking. He comes out of the pub one evening and he sees a military sign up and he is attracted to the salutes, marches, uniforms, etc. So he signs himself up. He is sent home from the war having lost his arms and his legs. He lives the rest of his life in a "Wheeled Chair". These two poets come from very different backgrounds and in this report i will compare and contrast those backgrounds. Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born on the 18th March 1893. He was
Anonymous Wednesday, 23 May 2007 The experience of love as described in the poetry section, Love and loss of the Tracks2 anthology. The first pair of poems, "First love" by John Clare and "A birthday" by Christina Rossetti are both poems which tackle the early and vague stages of love, the first being more pessimistic as listing the negative effects of love- its 'symptoms' rather than its positive side, the second portraying the authors happiness to be in the clutches of love. The use of strong imagery is evident in both pieces as they tackle what goes through ones mind when in love, although it seems that the former poem is more on the physical side of the subject rather than the emotional. Christina Rossetti's poem seems to be full of joy to her lovers coming, if not slightly vague in that aspect, until one learns that her lover was very likely god and that it was death for whi9ch she was so eagerly waiting for. The first poems love seems unrequited, which seems to be the climax of it- the anxiousness of the author to "are flowers the winter's choice?" Rossetti does not give much insight into the details of her love, but it seems that she has no worries of this- she seems more in control of her love. This is evident through rossetta's use of royal imagery, from mentioning the rich vair, which was used as a medieval fur cloak lining to the sovereign "peacocks with a
Media Assignment East is East and poems This assignment is to look at the film 'East is East' and the poems in the anthology the anthology to find the importance of cultural identity. Each of these mediums shows us this issue in different ways but with the same message. The film is about a mixed race family who are living in England, in the 1970's. George Khan, the father, married an English woman, Ella, when he moved from Pakistan to England. He is a very religious man who still believes very strongly in the traditions of his religion and culture. Ella wants to be a loyal wife by respecting what her husband believes in but still wants to look after the best interests of her children. The poem 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is an autobiographical account of one girl trying to find her identity. She is stuck between two cultures, the one that she has been brought up in, her mothers, and the Pakistani culture that her father was brought up in. She feels torn between them because she wants to settle into the country where she is living and live by the traditions but she doesn't want to forget where her roots were from. 'East is East' is about a working class family living in a working class neighbourhood in Salford in 1971. The film begins with the arranged marriage of the eldest child, Nazir, who walks out. We are shown the disgrace that walking out brings to his
Compare the way the poems Half-Caste(TM) and Nothing(TM)s Changed(TM) deal with the theme of racism. Which poem do you think is most effective?
Compare the way the poems 'Half-Caste' and 'Nothing's Changed' deal with the theme of racism. Which poem do you think is most effective? My essay is about two poems that we have been studying. John Agard's 'Half-Caste' and Tatamkhulu Afrika's 'Nothing's Changed'. The purpose of this essay is to show the differences and the similarities of these two poems as well as to explore the poet's feelings about racial injustice. Furthermore I am going to explain the poet's purpose and attitude to the society that surrounds them. I will also describe the different impressions that each poet is trying to give to the reader. Both poets depict a powerful view and concept about the theme of racism. To begin with I am going to talk about the poet's background information and what each poem is briefly about. The first poet; John Agard was born on the 21st of June 1949 in British Guiana (now Guyana). He came to England from Guyana in 1977, where he became a touring lecturer. From there he spread his Caribbean culture and ethnicity around the UK. Like many Caribbean's, he himself is of mixed race. The second poet; Tatamkhulu Afrika was born in Egypt in 1920 and came to South Africa (Cape Town's District 6) as a young child and lived there for a long time. He began writing poetry when he was in his sixties and has published four collections of poems about his experiences in South Africa.
Choose the two poems that you have most enjoyed in our study of nineteenth century love poetry. Explain how these poems depict love and why you have chosen them. Draw comparisons with at least three further poems from the same collection Remember by Christina Rossetti: I chose 'Remember' because of the depth of the feeling of the sonnet. 'Remember' is a sonnet by 'Christina Rossetti'. A sonnet has a typical regular rhyming scheme. This type of sonnet includes fourteen lines. It was written in the Romantic era, the poet talks to her lover and informs him to remember her when she dies by happiness rather than grief and sorrow. It is largely autobiographical, as she wrote it when she was in her death bed. She also tells him that he will be lonely when she leaves him. The poem 'Remember' and 'A woman to her lover' both refer back to the Victorian/Romantic era. The opening two lines of Rossetti's sonnet "Remember" introduce the idea of separation. 'Remember' starts with a repetition of the main idea that echoes the title name 'Remember'. The poet refers metaphorically to death in the phrase 'Gone away' and 'Gone far away' in lines 1 and 2. The phrase 'Gone away' is a repetition of the idea of parting between the couple, when the poet decides to leave her husband and be 'Gone away'. In the next line which states the effective phrase 'Gone far away', it refers to death,