Show How The Poets Sense Of Cultural Identities Is Explored In Two Of The Poems You Have Studied

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Show How The Poets Sense Of Cultural Identities Is Explored In Two Of The Poems You Have Studied

Cultural identity remarks upon: place, , , history, , , ,  and . Culture, as a social practice, is not something that individuals possess. Rather, it is a social process in which individuals participate, in the context of changing historical conditions. As an historical reservoir, culture is an important factor in shaping identity some critics of cultural identity argue that the preservation of cultural identity, being based upon difference, is a divisive force in society, and that  gives individuals a greater sense of shared citizenship.

Sujata Bhatt was born in 1956 in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat, where her  was Gujarati. Later, her family lived for some years in the United States, where she learned English. She now lives in Germany. She has chosen to write poems in English, rather than Gujarati. But a number of her poems, including this one, are written in both languages. This poem is part of a longer poem “Search for my Tongue”; written when she was studying English at university in America and was afraid she might lose her original language. In an interview, she says:” I have always thought of myself as an Indian who is outside India." Her mother tongue is for her an important link to her family, and to her childhood: "That's the deepest layer of my identity."

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Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore in Pakistan, the daughter of a Pakistani father and an English mother. She moved to Hatfield in England when she was a few months old. She didn't revisit Pakistan until after the publication of her first book of poems “The Country over my Shoulder” from which this poem comes. The poem “Presents from my aunts in Pakistan” was written was one of the first poems she wrote. When she wrote this poem, She hadn't actually been back to Pakistan. The writer in the poem would be Alvi at the age about thirteen.

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