Although he tried to do everything like a white people, (British people) the white people are still saying, “He ‘s an example to his people”. Old father is now disappointed and hoping to go back to his own country.
After a long time Old father realized he couldn’t be a proper English person than he started to think about his country again.
“Island man” is quite simple than “Old father”. The poem was written about a Caribbean Island man .The poet tried to explain his feelings compared with her. The subject of the poem is clear and not in euphemism way as “Old Father”.
Grace Nichols writes this poem for a Caribbean island man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea. The poem is linked with their point of view for their country. She tries to define her country feelings based on a seaside scenery .The sea is also in his country .The poem is not as expressive as “Old Father “. The Island man is a character in this poem. And Grace Nichols narrates her passion through the Island man.
Island man wakes up from bed to the sound of blue surf. She doesn’t mean he really can hear the sound of his country sea or see the birds around the seaside. He is in London but he still can hear the sound from his heart; from his memories. As she said,” his crumpled pillow waves” that means Island man was sleeping or woke up from sleep. And the whole poem was a dream about his country; about his wish to see his country.
The language used in this poem isn’t proper English. It might be Afro Caribbean patios style. There are some spellings, which were written how they pronounce it.
Few grammatical errors for third person singular number are seen in the poem. Probably it’s Caribbean style I suppose.
1.”Old father feet begin to shift”
2.”He don’t say “Hello” no more”
3.”Old father don’t want to know we know"
The poem is expressive and every line represents powerful feelings of heart.
The language used in Island man is regular English. There isn’t any different kind of spelling or grammatical rules have seen in the poem. The expressions of this poem’s aren’t direct as “Old Father”. It’s brief but directly and clearly said.