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Search For My Tongue ­ By Sujata Bhatt
Summary
This poem is about the poet's personal experiences moving to another country, where she had to learn a
different language and culture. The poet is exploring her identity by discussing the language she speaks.
She points out that life's difficult to be part of 2 cultures. The poem has two sections:
The 1st section shows the difficulty of the two languages where as the 2nd section is positive and
discusses how she can speak both languages.…read more

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Unrelated Incidents ­ By Tom Leonard
Summary
It's about attitudes to accents and dialects and how people are characterized by the way they speak.
Accent ­ the way we say words
Dialect ­ particular words used in one part of the country
It's based on a daily event, which is the reading of the six o clock news.…read more

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Half ­ Caste ­ By John Agard
Summary
This poem is an objection to the use of the word "half ­ caste" which means "of mixed race". The poet
does not like the word "half" because he think it implies that "half" is less than full and so "half ­ caste"
people are inferior. He treats the subject humorously but the message underneath is serious and his
anger is obvious.…read more

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Love After Love ­ By Derek Walcott
Summary
This poem is open to interpretation about what kind of love is being discussed. Nobody can say for sure
so make up your own mind, as long as you have reasons this is true.…read more

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This Room ­ By Imtaiz Dharker
Summary
This poem is another ambiguous (unclear about the meaning) poem.
Possible meanings are;
The items in the room are trying to escape. They are looking for "space" and "light" and "air" which
symbolize freedom.
The poet is discussing how we should welcome the chance to break away from the predictable and the
restraints society places on people
The poem celebrates the fact that life is unpredictable
The room may be a metaphor for culture.…read more

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Not My Business ­ By Niyi Osundare
Summary
This poem is about how people are treated unfairly by the authorities and what could happen if nobody
helps. It discusses the danger of a culture where people worry only about themselves. Three characters
in the poem are treated unfairly but people don't care as they are not directly affected. However. At the
end of the poem, the poet becomes the target of unfair treatment as the jeep comes for him.…read more

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Presents from My Aunts In Pakistan ­ By Moniza Alvi
Summary
This poem is about a girl who belongs to two cultures, because she was born in Pakistan but lives in
England. The girl is sent traditional clothes from Pakistan but would rather wear English clothes as she
feels Pakistani clothes are too beautiful. She remembers the story about her journey to England and
hearing about war in Pakistan.…read more

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Hurricane Hits England ­ By Grace Nichols
Summary
This poem is about a hurricane, which is frightening but also makes the poet remember hurricanes in her
homeland - the Caribbean. The hurricane represents her confused feelings about belonging to two
cultures. At the end of the poem, she realizes that despite the confusion, what matters is being alive. The
poem is set in England but it also discusses the Caribbean through the memories of the poet.…read more

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Links between Each Poem
Moral
Love after Love
Not My Business
1st Person
Search for My Tongue
Unrelated Incidents
Half - Caste
Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan
Identity
Search for My Tongue
Unrelated Incidents
Half - Caste
Love after Love
Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan
Hurricane Hits England
Racism
Half - Caste
Not My Business
Not Much Punctuation
Unrelated Incidents
Half - Caste
Unusual Layout
Search for My Tongue
Unrelated Incidents
Half - Caste
Religious Aspect…read more

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