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1. Island man Grace Nichols

4. Imagine…

5. Differences between life on a Caribbean island and life in London

6. CULTURE Guyana: Country on the north coast of South America; One of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere; Gained independence from Britain in 1966.

7. SURFACE MEANING A man who used to live on a Caribbean island still dreams of this place even now when he lives in London.

8. Island Man Morning and island man wakes up to the sound of blue surf in his head the steady breaking and wombing wild seabirds and fishermen pushing out to sea the sun surfacing defiantly from the east of his small emerald island he always comes back groggily groggily Comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheels to dull North Circular roar muffling muffling his crumpled pillow waves island man heaves himself Another London day

9. Island Man (for a Caribbean island man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea) Morning And island man wakes up To the sound of blue surf In his head The steady breaking and wombing wild seabirds and fisherman pushing out to sea the sun surfacing defiantly from the east of his small emerald island he always comes back groggily groggily

11. IDEAS, ATTITUDES, FEELINGS Ideas: Comparing the simple beautiful way of life on a Caribbean island to the noise and rush of a modern city When far away from home some people will over idealise it Never forget where you come from Attitudes: Island man does not seem to feel at home in London therefore there is a sense of being out of place and not belonging The opportunities of London are far removed from the beauties of the Caribbean Feelings: Homesick Idealising the past / previous home Regret Dull repetitive nature of present working life

12. Language

13. Island Man There is no punctuation in the poem. Why? What image does the Island man have in his head? How does the poet’s choice of language reflect that image? There are more capital letters on the second part of the poem. Why? Think of the formality of capital letters.

14. Island Man Island: “blue surf” “wild seabirds” “fishermen” “emerald island” London: “grey metallic soar” “to surge of wheels” “dull North Circular roar” “Another London day”

15. Back to exams… The question will name ONE poem, you must choose the other Use the wording of the question at the beginning and end of EVERY paragraph Relate everything you write to the question The more points you make the higher the grade!

16. Sample Exam Question

17. Planning a response to the question on poetry from other cultures When planning an answer to the question on poems from other cultures do not consider one poem and then another and then try to make comparisons in your conclusion. You should be comparing (discussing similarities) and contrasting (considering differences) the poems throughout your essay.

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