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Compare the ways in which the poet presents confusion about identity in
'Presents from my Aunts in Pakista' (pages 16 and 17) with the ways confusion
about identity is presented in one other poem.
By using the image of an "orange split open", Alvi shows both the bright attractive
colours of her traditional clothing and the idea that she also is split in two by these
The poet has moved to England but the clothes are from her home country
Compare the methods the poet uses to show strong feelings in .HalfCaste.
(page 13) with the methods another poet uses to show strong feelings in one
Rhetorical questions, analogies, use of .half. Repetition
Challenges listener, makes you think about whole and halves
Notions of identity, ethnicity, wholeness and .halfness.
How does the poet present conflict in `Not My Business' (page 15)? Compare
his methods with the ways conflict is presented in one other poem.
Repetition. The poet uses a refrain, separate stanzas
Repeated chorus, four threatening stages
List of negatives, verbs to convey violence, apparently casual narrative
Irony of apparently simple story telling method, increasing tension through verb use,
accumulation of threat through repeated chorus
Compare the methods used to present ideas in. Hurricane Hits England. (page
18) with the methods used to present ideas in one other poem.
The hurricane keeps her awake
The poet has moved to England but the hurricane is from her home country
The hurricane is described like a cousin to show it is like family to her
By showing the force of the hurricane which makes trees fall 'heavy as whales' We
can see the powerful effect it has on the speaker
Notion of cultural ties, a homeland and the need to adapt to a different culture
Compare the ways poets use description in `from Search For My Tongue'
(page 12) and one other poem.
The tongue is described as a plant this makes it seem alive.
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Bhatt uses the image of a bud opening to show how her mother tongue is returning
integrated comparative approach focusing on, for example, mood, senses, feelings
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