Search For My Tongue Structure and Themes
Main theme: Conflict and Loss
First part of the poem lines 1 to 15
Explains the problem she is having facing her two languages , she uses imagery of two tongues in her mouth.
Middle part of the poem lines 16 to 30
When she dreams , she dreams in his mother tongue, this is the middle of the poem because its at the centre of her conflict.
Last part of the poem lines 31 to 38
Describes how her mother tongue grows back and its stronger.
Search For My Tongue Language
In this poem the poet uses three types of language.
Chatty language with many personal pronouns. It makes it sound like she is talking to the reader.
In the middle, it shows us her mother tongue visually, and emphasises the difference from English.
The last part she uses more poetic language, using metaphors.
Search For My Tongue: My Feelings and Attitudes An
Words to pick out
'tongue' double meaning of lost language or can't speak
'blossoms out' Metaphor of flower and nature in control of her mouth. Powerful image suggests the force of the nature.
'rot' 'die' strengthens strong image of death.
In this poem i think overall it expresses well the feeling she has about her mother tongue and the loss of her identity. I think that line 38 'blossoms out' represents strong imagery of flower and the power of nature. I also think that in the first part of the poem where words such as 'I' 'You' etc. are used, really grab the reader and help them to connect with the poets feelings.