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Search for My Tongue

Language

Repeats "you/your" ­ involving reader, relating to reader ­ like talking to reader
Asks reader questions ­ "I ask you" ­ relating to reader

Uses another language (Gujerati Script) with phonetic spelling underneath (phonetic
spelling = spelt how it…

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Unrelated Incidents

Language

Repetition of scruff ­ reinforces poets idea; attacking use of
scruff



Slang ­ connects reader and poet; hear his voice

Phonetic Spelling ­ hear the Scottish accent

Use of imperative ­ "Belt up" (shut up) ­ direct attack on news readers…

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Half-Caste

Language

Repetition ­ "what yu mean..." ­ memorable. Also directly addresses
reader ("yu"/you),
Agard connecting the reader, challenging the reader to think

Slang/Dialect (Creole)

Funny but realistic; using his culture in the poem, hear him speak "yuself" ­ phonetic
spelling; hear the poet…

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Love After Love

Language
Use of metaphors ­ "feast on your life" ­ eat/enjoy/celebrate your life
"peel your own images" ­ look back

Repetition of give ­ giving back, giving life ­ give = very positive action ­ joy, happiness

Imperatives ­ sit, feast,…

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This Room

Structure/Form

One rhyming couplet ­ lines 12/13 arrives/lives ­ life has arrived
­ makes idea more memorable

Irregular stanzas ­ last stanza 1 line only ­ "outside" rest of the poem, like writer, also
emphasises idea

Irregular line lengths ­ 3-10 syllables…

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Not My Business

Language

In 1st 3 stanzas, repetition of ­ "What business of mine is it
So long they don't take the yam
from my savouring mouth"
Shows he does not care as long as he is not affected.

Personification ­ "belly of…

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Themes/Messages/Tone

Poet telling us we should intervene; could happen to you otherwise ­ moralistic poem

Idea of 3 little pigs; however, baddie triumphs because no resistance is built

Menacing tone; lurking throughout

Break down in law and order

Feelings of fear ­ break down…

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Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan

Language

Line 4 "glistening" simile ­ vivid image; creates strong sense of the colour and the
glistening
Split ­ like her ­ represents the split she feels; divided across her cultures

Line 23 ­ "I was aflame" metaphor…

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Suggests moving from culture to culture means you do not fit in ­ fracturing effect

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Hurricane Hits England
Context
1987 ­ Hurricane hits England after being told that that it would not

Gods mentioned ­ Huracan ­ West Indian God of wind, Oya & Shango ­ 2 storm Gods-
originally of Yoruba people ­ Nigeria, Hattie ­ was a…

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