The title ‘Island Man’ is ambiguous as it can be interpreted in several different ways. The word ‘island’ may simply be describing the man’s cultural identity however the word ‘island’ may also be unfolding to the reader how the man’s isolated and remote. As Britain is also an island, the title may be referring to his new cultural identity, a British citizen. The subtitle gives a summary of what the poem is about, and also of whom the poem was written for. As the poet is an immigrant from Guyana, her feelings of Britain and the Caribbean are most probably parallel to the feelings of a ‘Caribbean Island man’, helping her relate to...
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...ng both poems have in common with is the fact that at the end we are always brought back to reality. However “Blessing” uses more punctuality to help slow down and change the emotions in the poem except in “Island Man” no punctuality is used at all to change the tone but instead uses different language to slow down the pace. The tone in both poems show the connections between people and the places in which they live. In the poem “Blessing” the tone at the beginning is quite painful or miserable. This shows that were these people live is a place of struggles and a place of poverty. On the other hand in the poem “Island Man” the main character finds the Caribbean island a place of fun and relaxation because the tone is quite fast yet still in a calm voice but he finds London a tedious place because the voice of the reader would be with boredom in the second half.
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