Essay about English Literature Poems

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Compare the methods that ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ employs to highlight the importance of cultural identity with another poem?

I have chosen to compare ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ as both poems highlight the importance of cultural identity in society. Both poets
‘Alvi’ and ‘Nicholas’ employ many different and similar methods to illustrate the importance of cultural identity.

The poem ‘Presents’ is about the writer herself at a younger age feeling insecure as she is of dual heritage (mixed race) ‘in my
English Grandmother’s dining - room. In the poem the poet begins to conflict with herself as she believes that she is not of one set race
‘I was there of no fixed nationality’. Throughout the poem the poet
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The poem
Hurricane also uses third person references such as ‘her’ which is employed to distance the character. ‘Presents’ is structured to show the conflict of the characters culture and identity. In each paragraph each sentence is aligned differently however in ‘Hurricane’ it is structured differently. In ‘Hurricane’ the poem is structured to show to build up the climax. The first stanza shows the emotional detachment of the author to the hurricane. In the poem each paragraph shows the progression to contentment as well as acceptance.

Throughout the poem the writer employs many techniques to highlight the importance of cultural identity. In ‘Presents’ the poet begins with the first person pronoun ‘They’ which is plural. This is used to distance herself from her aunts. In the first sentence the writer uses the culturally specific term ‘salwar kameez’ to refer to the Indian dress. This is done to add a sense of realism to the poem. Within the poem the writer uses post modification of the noun blue when referring to the dress as being ‘peacock –blue’. The poet applies this technique to make the poem sound more realistic and conversational as if she had just come to her mind. He also uses post – modification when it comes to describing the sari ‘apple green sari’.

The writer post – modifies the word

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