Poems from Other Cultures CLUSTER 1 AQA ENGLISH ANALYSIS

All 8 poems from cluster 1 of poems from other cultures, fully annotated with meanings and stuff to help you on your way. Please rate, and comment for improvements. Enjoy!

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And limbo stick is the silence in front of me

limbo like me
limbo like me

long dark night is the silence in front of me
limbo like me

stick hit sound
and the ship like it ready

stick hit sound
and the dark still…

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knees spread wide
and the water is hiding

limbo like me

knees spread wide
and the dark ground is under me


and the drummer is calling me

limbo like me

sun coming up
and the drummers are praising me

out of the dark
and the…

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Small round hard stones click
under my heels,
seeding grasses thrust
bearded seeds
into trouser cuffs, cans,
trodden on, crunch
in tall, purple-flowering,
amiable weeds.

District Six.
No board says it is:
but my feet know,
and my hands,
and the skin about my bones,
and the soft labouring of…

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working man's cafe sells
bunny chows.
Take it with you, eat
it at a plastic table's top,
wipe your fingers on your jeans,
spit a little on the floor:
it's in the bone.

I back from the
boy again,
leaving small mean O
of small mean mouth.
Hands burn…

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to surge of wheels
to dull North Circular roar

muffling muffling
his crumpled pillow waves
island man heaves himself

Another London day

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Chinua Achebe: Vultures
In the greyness
and drizzle of one despondent

dawn unstirred by harbingers
of sunbreak a vulture

perching high on broken
bone of a dead tree
nestled close to his
mate his smooth
bashed-in head, a pebble
on a stem rooted in

a dump of gross
feathers, inclined…

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rebelliously to his hairy
nostrils will stop
at the wayside sweet-shop
and pick up a chocolate
for his tender offspring
waiting at home for Daddy's return ...
Praise bounteous
providence if you will
that grants even an ogre
a tiny glow-worm
tenderness encapsulated
in icy caverns of a cruel

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plastic buckets,
frantic hands,

and naked children
screaming in the liquid sun,
their highlights polished to perfection,
flashing light,
as the blessing sings
over their small bones.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti:
Two Scavengers in a truck,
Two beautiful people in a Mercedes

At the stoplight waiting for the light
nine am downtown…

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gargoyle Quasimodo
And the younger of the two
also with sunglasses & long hair
about the same age as the Mercedes driver

And both scavengers gazing down
as from a great distance
at the cool couple
as if they were watching some odorless TV ad
in which everything is always…

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Mother's blood, they said.
May he sit still, they said.
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they said.
May your suffering decrease
Poet and What to look for in your
poem comparison
Chinua Achebe: - Both poems use unexpected
'Vultures' changes of mood to engage…


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