Poems from other cultures - Hurricane hits England - Grace Nichols

Notes from my GCSE class

Content

  • Describes a hurricane
  • The woman in the poem remembers hurricanes in her homeland
  • The hurricane represents her inner turmoil of belonging to 2 cultures
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Setting

  • England
  • Guyana
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Themes

  • The force of nature
  • The strength of memories from the past and the effect they can have on your life
  • The importance of culture and language
  • The inner turmoil that belonging to 2 different cultures might be experienced by a person.
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Style

  • Negative diction
  • Religious chants
  • Interrogatives
  • Juxtaposition
  • First person
  • Third person
  • Metaphors
  • Pathetic fallacy
  • Repetition
  • Puns
  • Tautology
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Quotes

  • L4 - 'The howling ship of the wind'
  • L7 - 'Fearful and reassuring'
  • Ls 8, 9, 10 - 'Talk to me'
  • L17 - 'Reaping havoc'
  • L32 - 'Sweet mystery'
  • L33 - 'come to break the frozen lake in me'
  • L36 - 'the earth is the earth is the earth'
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Links

  • Origins and cultural identities: Search for my tongue, Unrelated incidents, This room, Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
  • The difficulty of belonging to 2 different cultures: Search for my tongue, Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
  • Alienation: Search for my tongue, Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
  • The strength of childhood memories: Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
  • Respect for ancient traditions/culture/language: Unrelated incidents, Search for my tongue, Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
  • Acceptance of who you are: Love after love, This room, Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan
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