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Identity, Language & Feelings in Different Cultures poems by Mind Map: Identity, Language & Feelings in
Different Cultures poems
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Identity, Language & Feelings in Different Cultures poems

Identity

about the speaker of the poem

about the culture they come from

How they see themselves

What are the issues the speaker has with their identity? Do they know who they are?

Language

structure

the order of ideas

repetition

dialect words

imagery

metaphors

similes

personification

colour imagery

sound effects

onomatopoeia, words spelt how they sound, bang, pop, crash

alliteration, repetition of consonant sounds, Blue Broken Bottles Busted

assonance, repetition of vowel sounds, Every Empty ElEphant's EnEmY

rhymes

Feelings & Attitudes

How do they feel about what they are talking about?

What do they believe?

What ideas do they have?

Half-Caste

Identity

mixed race man

Caribbean

sarcastic, doesn't like racists, proud of being mixed race

Caribbean dialect/Non Standard English: 'wid de whole of yu eye'; 'ah rass'

Language

repetition

imagery

Addresses audience directly: 'Excuse me...'

Feelings

angry, sarcastic, sorry for people who are racist, polite but also rude

About

The way a mixed-race Caribbean man responds to being described as "half-caste".

Not My Business

Identity

working class Nigerian

frightened of being taken by "them"

Feelings

nervous - disinterested

doesn't want trouble

in last stanza changes: he's next - feels terrified

Language

4 stanzas

refrain

repetition

imagery "soft like clay", able to be manipulated, changed(?)

About

A poem about political repression in Nigeria and the powerlessness of the individual.

Unrelated Incidents

Identity

working class - proud to be a "scruff"

from Glasgow - proud to be Scottish

Humorous/Imaginative

Feelings

extremely angry

resentment for upper class people and the way they think of working class people

sense of humour

Language

Repetition lines 15-19 keeps repeating the word "scruff"

aggressive "belt up"

dialect

without captial letters and punctuation

auto cue

About

a political poem about discrimination against working class people because of the regional way they speak.

Hurricane Hits England

Identity

lives in the UK

comes from Guyana

Caribbean

Black

lost her identity as a black Caribbean woman because she's lived in England for so long

New node

Feelings

mixed feelings - fearful and reassuring

later in the poem she falls in love with the hurricane

Language

repetition - "the earth is the earth is the earth"

personification - the hurricane comes to life

metaphor - "howling ship of the wind"

she asks 5 questions

About

How a hurricane causes someone living in UK to regain a sense of her identity as a Caribbean woman.

Search for My Tongue

Identity

Indian culture

Gujarati

can never speak perfect English

doesn't know whether she is American or Indian

Feelings

beginning - angry/frustrated

end - joy and pleasure she has kept her language

Language

alliteration "spit it out"

imagery - extended metaphor (two tongues)

uses her own language - Gujarati to get us to have the same problem she has, audience becomes alienated and so able to empathise with speaker

shifts in tone, 'death' of mother lang = harsh, guttural lang, images of decay choices: 'rot', 'die', 'spit', repetition of 'rot' to reinforce, 'rebirth' of mother lang = rich vowel choices, celebratory, triumphant tone:'grows moist...strong', 'bud opens...blossoms', repetiton of 'grow' to reinforce

About

how being bilingual causes a woman to lose a sense of her identity as an Indian.