English Culture Poems- helpful table to fill!

This is a table that we use to fill out in class to help us compare all the poems. Recommended for those taking cluster 2 on the AQA board. I have started off by filling out tables for some of the poems from cluster 2 but I have left the last table empty for you guys to complete as you wish. Also, find some tips at the bottom to help you with filling out the table.

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Poem: Search for my Evidence Analysis
Form To engage the reader and
make them attempt to read
1. Including Gujurati and it.
putting phonetic spelling of it Also shows that the writer is
underneath proud of their own language.
2. Written in 1 person "I though I spit it out" Gives us a feeling of being
3. Use of present tense "grows, use, speak" involved with that is going on
at that time, creates a sense
of excitement which involves
the reader.
Language as identity
1. Metaphor of the tongue Losing language (and
culture) is like losing part of
one's body.
Triumphant "it pushes the other tongue She regains her 'mother
aside" tongue' at night in her
dreams, so it makes her
message clearer to include
her own language in the
poem her
1. Repetition of the word Emphasises this metaphor.
"What would you feel like?" This incidentally has an
2. Rhetorical question impact on the reader as it is
directly questioning them,
making them take notice.
"your mother tongue would Bhatt uses rot to show a
3. extended metaphor of the rot horrific image of a tongue
languages being like plants Rot and die in your mouth" rotting.
What should be learned from the poem?
"Search for my Tongue" was written by Sujata Bhatt. The message Sujata Bhatt is trying to
get through to the reader is that it can be very difficult to have to change language, and stop

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Also, that it can be quite upsetting, as it may feel like you are
losing your true identity.…read more

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Poem "unrelated Evidence Analysis
1. Written in Glaswegian To strengthen his argument
dialect readers are more likely to believe
someone who speaks received
pronunciation, than someone with
a strong accent.
2. A news reader persona To enforce the message that
people will only believe people
who have RP BBC accent.
3. The structure is like The audience is able to visualise
teleprompt the poet's point.
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The poem has a humorous `Belt up' Leonard uses humour to make
tone. serious criticisms
There is almost no To help the reader understand
punctuation. the pace of a Glaswegian accent.
There are lots of slang and 'scruff, belt up'
colloquial words Tells us more about this
persona's identity and
What should be learned from the poem?
People are more likely to believe someone who speaks Received Pronunciation, than
someone with a strong accent.…read more

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Poem Half Caste Evidence Analysis
1. Written in NonStandard "Explain yuself" The poet is proud of his own
English. In a Caribbean voice.
'picasso' 'tchaikovsky' The poet wants us to read it
2. He doesn't use freely without stopping.
punctuation or capital letters Adds to the conversational
for names. tone.
3. Use of present tense "Standing on one leg" Reader's involvement
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He wants to be "Explain yuself wha yu mean Demands that readers change
considered a whole human when yu say half caste" their attitudes.
being not just half
Emotions (similar to tone)
1. Sarcasm ­ the poem is `Excuse me standing on one Said in an aggressive tone
very funny, but Agard is leg...' He objects to being
bitter `I halfcaste human called half a human being
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Poem Love after Love Evidence Analysis
1. written in the second "you will" the poet addresses the
person reader directly
2. The verse form is irregular
1. Rediscover who you are "you will greet yourself The poet asks encourages
arriving" the reader to rediscover their
forgotten selves that was in a
relationship. And the "greet"
suggests homecoming.
happy "elation" Encouraging the reader to be
1. imperative verbs "sit", "give", "eat", "take" Direct and commanding.…read more

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Sense of relish Change from "eat" to "feast" Rediscovery of self is life
changing and causes
happiness and self worth.
What should be learned from the poem:
This poem is an expression of loss of love and recovery. Walcott expresses his belief that
people look for affection outside of themselves for so long, and that one can find that
connection easily within themselves.…read more

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What should be learned from the poem?
1. Tone is the overall tone of the SPEAKER joyful/ bitter/
mocking/ happy /sad/ angry/ indifferent/ afraid
2. Form Look for:
Use of dialect/ Nonstandard English shows how well we
understand nonstandard English. Shows the importance of other
cultures and their RIGHT to own language. The writer takes pride in
their own voice.…read more

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Refrain when lines are repeated (adds emphasis and usually
highlights when the refrain changes for a particular purpose.)
Metaphor you MUST explain what it is a METAPHOR for
Personification (making something sound like a PERSON ( if the
poet makes it sound like an animal then it is animal imagery or a
metaphor )
Repetition emphasises a point
Description = adjectives of light / colour/ etc...…read more


Paul Dutton

Quite a detailed set of notes with room for the student to include their own thoughts on each poem.

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