The earth on the island is barren. Middle To do this I shall pick out interesting words and phrases from the poem and describe what effect they have on the poem. The issue of cultural identity is very important to her, as she. Grace Nichols did this through the medium of poetry. It is beautiful and stands out from other types of trees, which is presumably how Nichols feels her mother was when she was alive.
He was the eldest of nine children and spent his childhood growing up in the countryside of Mossbawn on his father's fifty acre farm Which shows he has much experience of nature's. Nichols achieves a balance in which she does not shy away from depicting the acute suffering of slavery, yet simultaneously the collection maintains a strong, rebellious tone. Although she came from a different place and had experienced a different upbringing and was a part of a different culture, in the end all people share some basic human experiences. It was also dramatised for film and radio. Nichols, however, confines her audience to those who can relate to the specific cultures.
They may seem to be part of a comfortable, perhaps beautiful, seascape but when the storm blows up this security is undermined and brings back their fears. Grace says the soul has gone to Africa because it is where most of the slaves originated from and it is then free. They are asking for the both of them to be free. Each poem, instead of directly linking with the chosen title, deals with the connection of people to places where they used to live. Her particular trademark is the skilful way in which she intertwines Standard English and Creole. Seamus Heaney writes about his father in a realistic way, never praising him and only focussing on his bad points.
And not only was her mother dependable, but she was also very loving and radiant. Her mother was not just any water, however: she was powerful and deep and bold. In this poem there is much racial tension as she does not see the population to be as 'one', as equals. Overall Nichols has bad feelings concerning London and even decides to curse about the features of London in her native language. This is a fascinating use of two words with seemingly opposite meanings, juxtaposed to cause the reader to question their meaning.
When we are oppressed we want to bring about change so that the oppression Is no longer felt by us and is recognized by the oppressors as wrong. They show this by Nichols referring to warmth, colour, recalls to the Caribbean, use of Creole and contrasts to Europe. Stanza 5 There is a shift in tone with the first line of this stanza. This is an oxymoron because she is saying two virtual opposites together. She also writes books for children, inspired predominantly by Guyanese folklore and Amerindian legends, including Come on into My Tropical Garden 1988 and Give Yourself a Hug 1994.
The poems 'half caste' and 'nothings changed' have the same theme to both of the poems, and that theme is racism. However, after having spent some time in England, the hurricane seems like an old friend. . Grace came to Britain seeking an identity, however through her poetry she shows that she will always be proud of her heritage and that her heart lies in the Caribbean. Heaney quickly dispels any romantic notions the reader may entertain and exposes us to the dangerous reality the island dwellers frequently experience, allowing us to envisage the storm with a degree of empathy. This is contrasted with the cool reserved nature of English culture, which the speaker gently mocks: 'I begin to change my calypso ways Never visiting nobody Before giving them clear warning And waiting me turn in queue.
Her first poetry collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman, was published in 1983. Both of the poems are very ambiguous that use their language, form and structure to make their points clear. Subsequent poetry collections include The Fat Black Woman's Poems 1984 , Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman 1989 , and Sunris 1996. On the surface this line appears to relate to the shopping trip, going from store to store. When she was in her homeland, it is unlikely that she would have welcomed a hurricane. They are cultural metaphors and are repeated in each poem.
The poem considers the ideas of isolation and living close to nature, but mainly it depicts the destructive powers of nature. I chose this poem above the rest because as I stated before I saw many lines with deeper meanings and I feel it was a more personal poem than the rest. The third stanza mirrors the first and second in terms of structure and style, but it is much more simplistic than the previous stanza. Her books was inspired by Guyanese folklore and Amerindian legends. Heaney loves to use sound patterns in his poetry and does this effectively to mirror the storm. Facts about Grace Nichols 7: Read aloud Grace Nichols like to read her poems aloud.
Grace Nichols is a Caribbean poet. Grace Nichols and John Agard Facts about Grace Nichols 3: Before famous Grace Nichols had a degree in communications from the University of Guyana. There is no comparison in this final stanza, but it is just as powerful as the other lines of the poem. It has a different structure to the other two poems as it has almost half the amount of words. The poem 'Praise Song For My Mother' is based upon memories Nichols has of her late mother from childhood and the style of the poem is simple to reflect this. It is an ambitious work, offering a poignant and heart-felt depiction of the experiences of black women slaves. She does it because it underlines how it is a real drag for her and how she is in a constant search for accommodating clothes and also how she is searching for an identity.