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Meaning

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Cultural Identity

  • Explores how it feels to be bilingual & how it impacts o her sense of self
  • Extended metaphor: losing language
    • Depict feelings experienced when one loses their
      cultural heritage
  • Argues that one’s roots never truly fade away
  • Spoken to “you”
    • Society = universal topic that everyone can relate to
  • (Themes: Culture, indentity, loneliness)
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Imagery #1

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“your mother tongue would rot, / rot and die”

  • Means mother tongue will fade
    • Horror underlined by repetition of “rot”
    • = Negative thing for her to forget
  • Negative imagery
    • Shows attitude towards having to speak another language at determinate of mother tongue
  • Horrific and emphatic
    • = inner conflict when trying to reconcile her new English language with her mother tongue
  • Semantic field of death
    • Decaying = revolting
      • Uses disgust to communicate how strongly she feels
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Imagery #2

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Extended metaphor - Semantic field of plants

“grows”, “shoot”, “stump”

  • Repetition of “grows”
    • Expresses pace of plant maturing = word mentioned - becomes healthier
    • Image of growth of her language capabilities
    • Postive imagery
      • Language has gone a bit BUT language doesn’t define you
      • Finds sense of self
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Tone

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Volta - defensive/solemn to jubilation

  • “I ask you, what would you do”
    • Defensive towards people who don’t understand her
    • Seeks advice
    • “You” - Pronoun
      • Ambiguous = board
      • Universal topic = everyone can relate to losing their sense of self
      • Makes tone of opening poem quite confrontational
  • Metaphor - “it blossoms”
    • Jubilated tone
    • Blossom = most lovely part of tree
      • Represents new life, hopefulness & youth
      • = Lanauge & culture that can never be destroyed
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Structure

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  • Free verse
    • Intimate conversation
    • Lack of metre/rhythm
      • Fight to discover one’s identity is confusing and disorderly experience
  • Less lines in her own language than English
    • Concern/distress over losing her mother language
  • Stanza 2 = purposefully Gujarati
    • Intimidates/excludes reader
      • Mirrors what she felt when she first went to the US
    • But adds phonetically spelt words of Gujarati
        1. Showing mother tongue is irrepressible
        1. Inviting reader to, literally, speak with her tongue in their mouth
      • Shows her love for Gujarati
      • Makes us realise that we wouldn’t want to lose it either
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Name 3 poem comparisons

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  • ‘Poem at Thirty Nine’
  • ‘Remember’
  • ‘Half caste’
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‘Poem at Thirty Nine’ Comparison

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Juxtapositions between way poets asset their identities (sometimes in context which is unfriendly to them)

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‘Remember’ Comparison

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Both poems about person trying to remember who they are

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‘Half caste’ Comparison

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Links to poem because it’s also about being proud of your identity