English Literature Poems

English Literature Poems

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English Literature Poems

Compare the methods that ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ employs
to highlight the importance of cultural identity with another poem?

I have chosen to compare ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ as both poems
highlight the importance of cultural identity in society. Both poets
‘Alvi’ and ‘Nicholas’ employ many different and similar methods to
illustrate the importance of cultural identity.

The poem ‘Presents’ is about the writer herself at a younger age
feeling insecure as she is of dual heritage (mixed race) ‘in my
English Grandmother’s dining - room. In the poem the poet begins to
conflict with herself as she believes that she is not of one set race
‘I was there of no fixed nationality’. Throughout the poem the poet
begins to show her insecurity as she begins to respond to the presents
her aunties bought her from her native land negatively ‘I could never
be as lovely as those clothes’. A t the end of the poem the Alvi is
unable to resolve her problem as she finishes the poem feeling rather
down saying ‘I was there of no fixed nationality’. The poem
‘Hurricane’ is rather similar in the way that it is again
autobiographical. In the poem the writer is also in conflict with
herself as she has left her motherland Guyana to move to England. At
first the poet dreaded England but as soon as there was news of a
Hurricane she began to feel much at home as hurricanes happen often in
the southern equator. The writer shows her relationship with the
hurricane by referring to it as her ‘sweeping a back home cousin’. At
the end of the poem the writer resolves her problem which is her
conflict with herself as she misses her homeland ‘Come to let me know
that the earth is the earth’. The similarities of the poems are that
they both involve the same situation which is conflict with another

Both poems ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ are autobiographical as ‘I’ is
used which is a first person pronoun. Even though the poem ‘Presents’
begins with the third person pronoun ‘They’ however the poet uses many
first person references such as ‘me’, ‘I’, and ‘My’. The poem
Hurricane also uses third person references such as ‘her’ which is
employed to distance the character. ‘Presents’ is structured to show
the conflict of the characters culture and identity. In each paragraph
each sentence is aligned differently however in ‘Hurricane’ it is
structured differently. In ‘Hurricane’ the poem is structured to show
to build up the climax. The first stanza shows the emotional
detachment of the author to the hurricane.

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In the poem each paragraph
shows the progression to contentment as well as acceptance.

Throughout the poem the writer employs many techniques to highlight
the importance of cultural identity. In ‘Presents’ the poet begins
with the first person pronoun ‘They’ which is plural. This is used to
distance herself from her aunts. In the first sentence the writer uses
the culturally specific term ‘salwar kameez’ to refer to the Indian
dress. This is done to add a sense of realism to the poem. Within the
poem the writer uses post modification of the noun blue when referring
to the dress as being ‘peacock –blue’. The poet applies this technique
to make the poem sound more realistic and conversational as if she had
just come to her mind. He also uses post – modification when it comes
to describing the sari ‘apple green sari’.

The writer post – modifies the word ‘blue’ with the word ‘peacock’ as
a peacock is considered to be an exotic, vibrant and luxurious animal.
In the poem the poet uses verbs. In the third line of the first
paragraph Alvi uses the verb ‘glistening’ as it really conveys an
expensive nature.

Throughout the poem the writer repeats ‘I’ to emphasise her individual
from Pakistan. The poet also makes use of similes in the poem ‘marvel
at the colours like stained glass’. The poet uses this simile to
emphasise the beauty of the colours. Alvi also uses empathy ‘Prickly
heat. Alvi does this show her character as being uncomfortable.

In ‘Hurricane’ the writer uses the third person pronoun ‘her’ even
though the poem is autobiographical. The poet does this purposely to
distance herself from her home, her identity and her culture. The poet
also uses personification as he personifies the wind as if it were a
ship ‘The howling ship of the wind’. The employs this technique as it
helps the reader build a more vivid picture. It also helps describe
the situation better (what’s happening). In that same line that poet
also makes use of onomatopoeia when using the word ‘howling’. The
writer uses onomatopoeia to.

In the poem the poet uses participial adjectives ‘gathering’. The poet
uses participle adjectives as makes the reader feel like what
happening is continual in this example movement. The poet also employs
antonyms and oxymoron’s ‘fearful and reassuring’. The poet employs
these to. In the next stanza the poet employs repetition and triadic
structure ‘Talk to me Huracan, Talk to me Oya, Talk to me Shango’. The
writer uses repetition as it emphasises the point or the feelings, in
this case it emphasise the poets relationship with the hurricane. The
poet also uses triadic structure as things are easier to remember in
threes. The poet employs these two techniques in the same lines as it
sounds like an incantation/spell as well as it sounding like a
conversation with the storm gods. In the beginning of the second
paragraph the writer uses the first person singular pronoun ‘me’ to
highlight that the lines are personal. The poet also uses rhetorical
questions ‘tell me why u visit, An English coast’. The poet uses this
technique to show her confusion as well as to make the reader think.
In this poem the poet employs metaphors ‘the blinding illumination’.
This metaphor is used to illustrate that her character (herself) is
having a revelation or as you could say an epiphany. In the third
paragraph the poet uses second person pronoun ‘you’ to address the
storm. In the fourth paragraph the writer begins with the line ‘What
is the meaning of trees’. He purposely starts off with this line as it
sounds rather philosophical and spiritual. Within the poem the poet
uses the simile ‘falling as heavy as whales’. The poet uses this
simile because it helps the audience build a vivid picture in this
case the simile implies that the trees make huge impact when falling
as would a whale. Under the fourth paragraph there is a free verse
line. The free verse line starts with the word ‘O’. The poet begins
with this as it shows emotion and heightens the impact. In this free
verse line the poet uses another metaphor ‘why is my heart unchained’.
This metaphor is used to show that the character has resolved her
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