Review of Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan The subject of the poem "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" is that, a girl who was born in Pakistan and who has been growing up in England in an English way of life. One day when she was aware that she is going to get some gifts from her beloved aunts living in Pakistan she expected to get some ordinary western style of clothes I.e. denim and corduroy, but unfortunately she received some Pakistani styled clothes I.e. salwar kameez, Indian jewellery and sarees. So, this poem totally describes how she reacted and felt towards the incident happened.
While both poems are to inform the reader about the awkwardness of being of mixed race, the authors go about it in different ways. Moniza Ali shows the contrast in cultures by making the description of her presents from her aunts in Pakistan as vivid and exciting as possible: "glistening like an orange split open" and "embossed slippers". This creates an image in the reader's mind of Pakistan being a vibrant, exciting place. Moniza Ali compares this with the clothing she herself would prefer: "jeans and corduroy" just so that she can fit in with her friends. This makes the reader emphasize with her struggle to belong.
'Presents from my aunts in Pakistan' is mainly about a girl who is of mixed race and how she describes the gifts of clothes and jewellery sent to her in England by her Pakistani relatives. There is no rhyme scheme and the poem is written in free verse. Free verse simply means that the phrases are arranged loosely across the page. It is divided into stanzas of varying length. The girl contrasts the beautiful clothes and jewellery of India with English clothing.
Explore the ways in which two or three of these poems present the experience of living between two cultures and the difficulties it causes. The two poems I am choosing are "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" and "Search for My Tongue". "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan" is written by Moniza Alvi, a woman who was born in Pakistan but moved to England at an early age. Her mother was from England and white, her Father was Pakistani and so black. This makes Moniza 'half-caste', as well as the aunts in poem being from her father's side.
A Comparison of Search for My Tongue and Presents From My Aunt in Pakistan Search for my tongue and Presents from my aunt in Pakistan are two poems that explore from a personal viewpoint what is like to grow up in unfamiliar and different culture. Both poems consider the conflict that exits when a person tries to fit into a new culture. Search for my tongue considers what it is like when you feel you are losing your culture while presents from my aunt in Pakistan considers how to regain ones culture. Moniza Alvi wrote 'presents from my aunts in Pakistan'. She was born in Pakistan in 1954 but was moved to England when she was a young child.
After receiving presents from her aunts, Alvi realizes that she didn’t know much about her other half Pakistani culture. She only needs to know who she really is. In this essay, I will explore how the poem conveys the different themes and ideas about life differing from one culture to another. The main idea behind the poem is cultural differences. Alvi, tried to assimilate into the English culture, and instead she started not accepting her Pakistani roots and was worried mostly about her friends’ judgment.
The poem 'Search for my Tongue' starts off in the past tense but later converts into the present, towards the end of the poem. Secondly, it soon becomes aware to me that, whilst comparing both poems, the poets have used their work to portray their emotional status' in response to almost possessing dual cultures. In 'Presents from my Aunt in Pakistan', Alvi concentrates on cultural dislocation, which is unquestionably the poets feelings about her ethnic background. From quotes such as 'half-english', 'Marks & Spencer's' and 'salwar kameez didn't impress the schoolfriend', I begin to picture that she is caught in the middle of fashion and popularity in England and her original, cultural traditions. In 'Search for my Tongue', Bhatt seems to feel that she is betraying her background by forgetting her mother tongue... ... middle of paper ... ...y felt, at some point, a loss of cultural identity because of their longing for a traditional life.
Views on Different Cultures Presented in Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan and Search For My Tongue For my essay I am going to compare 'Search For My Tongue' by Sujata Bhatt and 'Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi. 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is autobiographical. It is set in England where the author talks about and describes the presents that she receives from her Aunts who live in Pakistan. 'Search for my Tongue' is written while living in Germany but during her life Sujata Bhatt has had to speak three different languages. These are: Gujarati, English and German.
Wangero (Dee) attempts to connect with her heritage by taking “picture after picture of me sitting there in fron... ... middle of paper ... ...ou ought to try to make something of yourself, too, Maggie. It’s really a new day for us. But from the way you and Mama still live you’d never know it,” (Walker 6). These final words she says to Maggie only solidifies the fact that Dee’s idea of heritage is very much misconstrued. Dee sees heritage as the quilt on the wall or chute top on the alcove.
In this, she is torn between the bland British culture she lives in and the more exotic culture of her aunts from Pakistan, who send her luxurious gifts she feels she cannot use in Britain. All three poems mentioned above involve a deliberate use of language to help convey their message, one of which is the use of imagery within the poem. The poems contain detailed descriptions to help the reader create a mental image, and hence they can associate more with the poem. In 'Search for My Tongue', Sujata Bhatt compares the growth of her tongue to a flower growing, describing it as "a stump of a shoot" and "the bud opens". This use of imagery makes the re-growth of the mother tongue seem mysterious and beautiful, as well as portraying how the tongue grows back, thus likening it to the development of a flower.