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. She writes how she feels at
the way that she has to lose or forget her original language which is
Gujarati and only speak the language of the country that she is living
in which is currently Germany and then she realises that although she
has to speak German on the streets she doesn't have to speak it at
home and she doesn't have to write or think in German. She realises
that not speaking a language does not mean that you have lost your
In 'Search for my Tongue' I think that Sujata Bhatt does not like
having to belong to two cultures. The line ' if you lived in a place
you had to speak a foreign tongue' reinforces this point. The words
'had to' suggest the fact that she is being forced to speak German
when she really wants to speak Gujarati. This implies the fact that
she does not want to have to speak German but feels she has no other
choice and would much rather be speaking Gujarati. In saying she would
rather speak Gujarati also implies that she is not forgetting her
language deliberately, she does not want to forget it ...
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...t that she doesn't want to be part
of the culture that she is currently in and she misses her original
culture. The lines; 'Your mother tongue would rot, rot and die in your
mouth', shows how she misses her old culture and feels she is almost
being forced to forget it.
In 'Presentsâ€¦' the line 'I could never be as lovely as those clothes,'
makes you realise that she thinks that the clothes and the culture are
both lovely and wonderful but she feels she would never fit in with
Both of these poems are wonderful. They both portray a search for
cultural identity, and while one seems to find hers the other appears
to end her poem at a point where she is still at the beginning of her
quest. Overall my favourite poem is Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan
but I also really enjoyed reading 'Search for my tongue'.
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