A Comparison of Two Poems Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt

A Comparison of Two Poems Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt

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A Comparison of Two Poems Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt


In this essay, I will be showing you how the writers use their own
poetic devices within their work to their advantage and how the poets
have used different themes to overcome in their own poems.

To begin this essay, I will be presenting to you how Alvi and Bhatt
have used different viewpoints within their poems to put across their
message to the reader.

In the poem 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan', Alvi chooses to
present her work in the narrative viewpoint of the first person,
reducing the chance of her poem being a conversational one. She then
chooses to phrase her work in the past tense, so that she is getting
the reader to ponder on the characters state of mind and explore into
her past.

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...


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...y felt, at some point, a loss of cultural
identity because of their longing for a traditional life.

In 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan', Alvi feels that she has lost
her countries attitude and view on life. She then decides to opt for a
more 'British' view on life and literally dumps her traditions.

In 'Search for my Tongue', Bhatt feels she has lost her native
qualities. Yet, she still uses Gujarati in her poem, so she obviously
still has her vernacular language.

In conclusion to this essay, 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan'
takes a more negative approach than 'Search for my Tongue' because it
is all about the troubles that the family faced in England, where as
'Search for my Tongue' is all about the joy of settling within a new
society but to still also remember your ethnic upbringing and
traditions.

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