Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1
Island man



· Island Man

The subtitle really explains this simple poem - it tells of a man from the Caribbean, who lives
in London but always thinks of his home.

The poem opens with daybreak, as the island man seems to hear the sound of surf - and
perhaps…

Page 2

Preview of page 2
vivid images. The poet relies on effects of sound - contrasting the
breaking of the surf with the roar of traffic. There are a few rhymes
and repetitions. Grace Nichols also refers to colour - blue for surf
(surely an error - the surf is the white foam of the…

Page 3

Preview of page 3
· The opportunities of London are far removed from the beauties of the Caribbean

· Feelings:

· Homesick

· Idealising the past / previous home

· Regret

· Dull repetitive nature of present working life




Metaphor sands / of a grey metallic soar (L
·
unpleasant beach)


Personification · the…

Page 4

Preview of page 4
· muffling muffling



Grace Nichols, born in Guyana but a resident of Britain since 1977, wrote the poem 'Island Man'
'for a Caribbean island man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea' (her own words).
It is a poem of contrasts based on the two…

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar English Literature resources:

See all English Literature resources »See all resources »