Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt, Hurricane Hits England by Grace Nichols and Presents from Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alzi

Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt, Hurricane Hits England by Grace Nichols and Presents from Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alzi

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Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt, Hurricane Hits England by Grace
Nichols and Presents from Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alzi

'Search For My Tongue', by Sujata Bhatt is a forceful poem describing
her experience of being caught between two cultures. This poem
expresses how she feels that she has lost her mother tongue while
speaking the foreign language within which she now lives, but in her
dreams it grows back. Similarly, 'Hurricane Hits England', by Grace
Nichols describes how she felt alone in England, a foreign country to
her, and the delight when the hurricane struck as it brought back
memories of her origin. 'Present from my Aunts in Pakistan', by Moniza
Alvi also describes the difficulties in being caught between two
cultures. 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. Moniza Alvi also uses imagery to make the presents from
Pakistan seem exotic and interesting. In 'P...


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...the structure is also one of
negative to positive. However in this poem, the reader does not
realise that the poet is truly homesick until near the end of the
poem, where she asks the hurricane "Come to break the frozen lake in
me". It still ends positively because the poet comes to peace with her
new surroundings due to the Hurricane.

The three poems mentioned in this essay are all about being caught
between two cultures, and the poets communicate this message in both
different and similar ways. Each poem gives the reader a clearer
understanding of how it might feel to be torn between two cultures,
even if they have no actual experience of this. Therefore the poets
have achieved their aim of expressing their emotions to the reader in
a way that they can relate to and show how they are stuck between two
cultures.

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