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GCSE: Moniza Alvi: Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan

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    .Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi

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    'Presents' is an autobiographical poem and is written in free verse. The lengths of the stanzas vary throughout as well as the line lengths which are thrown randomly across the page. Alvi uses these poetic strategies to show how she varies from confusion to resignation about where she belongs and her feelings of alienation. There are end stopped lines to describe her sudden emotions. It would be impossible for her to fit in completely with British society because her life is jam packed full of reminders of her home culture and her roots in Pakistan and as she states this quite clearly in the poem.

    • Word count: 2104

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  • Compare the way in which the poet presents the people in 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Presents from my Aunt in Pakistan'

    "In conclusion both poems had there own unique way of getting across there points, they both made the reader think extremely hard on matters such as different cultures and traditions. Night of the Scorpion was easier to understand even though the title was misleading, nevertheless Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan showed how hard it was to have been growing up in England and not knowing which culture, you fitted into. I have learned from Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan that it is important to know where come from, which I think Moniza Alvi was lacking as a child. From Night of the Scorpion I've learned that having faith can help you get through the most serious of problems even if there life threatening. Over all I think my favourite poem out of the two must be Night of the Scorpion, as I think it has an excellent morel and gets it across really well. I also like Night of the Scorpion because it make's you think about the poem long after you have read it!"

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