Island Man By Grace Nichols Essay

Comparing Blessing by imtiaz Dharke and Island Man by Grace Nichols

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In this essay I will be comparing two poems which show connections between people and the places in which they live. The two poems I will be comparing and contrasting are “Blessing” by imtiaz Dharker and “Island Man” by Grace Nichols. Both of these poets express their feelings through these poems. Grace Nichols allocates her experiences of how people feel when separated from the environment and place they lived in for such a long period of time. On the contrary Imtiaz Dharker uses the poem “Blessing” to convey the importance of water for less fortunate people. From both of the poems I have chosen I can see that the poets have written about something they feel is important. The reason why I have chosen these two poems is because both of the…show more content…

The poem “Blessing” is about an unfortunate group of people who miraculously find clean water because of a pipe bursting. This is seen as a blessing because of the inadequate amount of water they get in addition to the hot weather conditions and constant droughts. Imtiaz Dharker sets the poem “Blessing” in a shanty town near Mumbai. She starts the poem with a powerful simile describing the state of these people whilst setting the scene. “The skin cracks like a pod”. The word “skin” could demote metaphorically to the earth. Immediately an image of drought and dry soil comes to mind. The phrase “cracks” highlights how hot the country is. This is effective because it allows the reader to envision the scene. The use of onomatopoeia exemplifies the noise of the ground exemplifies the noise of the ground. On the other hand the poem. “Island Man” is about a Caribbean man who one morning woke up in London. This anonymous character is used live in the Caribbean island but wakes up every morning to the sounds and blissful memories of the Caribbean. The Caribbean Scenario that he thinks he has woken up to contrasts harshly with the reality of his existence in London. The sentence “wakes up to sounds of blue surf” proves that Island Man sees the Caribbean as a calm and relaxing location however the poet describes London as a “grey metallic soar”. This usage of language is an illusion compared to the

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An Essay Comparing And Contrasting The Two Poems: "Island Man" By Grace Nichols And "The Fringe Of The Sea", By A.L. Hendriks. (Uk English Gcse Coursework, Ks 4)

Comparing and contrasting the two poems:

"Island Man" and "The Fringe of the Sea".

I recently read two poems, entitled "Island Man" and "The Fringe of the Sea". These two poems are similar in many ways, but also have conflicting ideas. They both have connections to the sea, through the content of the poems, but also through the authors. Grace Nichols is the author of "Island Man", and she was born in Ghana, and now living in Britain. A.L. Hendriks wrote "The Fringe of the Sea", and she was born in Jamaica, but also now lives in Britain.

The poem "Island Man" is about and for, "a Caribbean man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea". The First line is one word, "Morning". This emphasises the word "morning". It makes it seem important, which it is, because it is the main theme in this poem. When you hear the poem, you may also hear "Mourning". This gives the idea that it is sad, there seems to be sorrow in mornings. Most people don't like mornings, they suggest work, tiredness. This is like the Island Man, he doesn't seem to like morning because he has to wake up and leave his dreams of an island.

Then it says "and island man wakes up"; this introduces the Caribbean man. He has no name throughout the poem, which makes it more generalised, and so appeals to more people. For example, it would not be a very popular poem if it says "and Dave wakes up". The next lines "to the sound of blue surf // in his head" have a strong rhythm, a sort of beat. It suggests harmony, but the second line "in his head" suggests sudden discord. The alliteration of the 's' sounds changes so a "h". The "s" could also be suggesting the sound and regularity of the surf, or waves breaking.

On the next line this is an example of internal rhyming, between "breaking and wombing". "Wombing" suggest things like warmth, and loving. This makes you think that the island man thinks of the sea and his island as very important to him. He seems to long for them, as a child longs for a mother.

"Wild seabirds // and fishermen pushing out to sea." This suggests everyone is active and busy, living a lifestyle very different to one you might live in London, a lifestyle that island man has left this life behind. The present participle "pushing" suggests energy, unlike the "groggy" island man. The "sh" sounds in "fisherman" and "pushing" are onomatopoeic, they suggest the waves and the sea. The word "sea" in this line also rhymes with 'defiantly" in the next line, "The sun surfacing defiantly". This line again suggests energy, and determination, like a need to get up.

"From the east // of his small emerald island" The word emerald suggests rich, lush green, vegetation, and brings to mind the turquoise seas and green...

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