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Island man. LO: To understand the relation between the poem and our own lives. 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

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Island man

Island man

LO: To understand the relation between the poem and our own lives


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


About the author
About the author

  • Grace Nichols was born in Guyana which is a country in the Caribbean

  • She immigrated to England at age 27

  • She was thrust into a completely different culture and way of life

  • These changes are parallel to that of Island Man


Structure and language
Structure and language

  • Free verse- No rhyme scheme

  • 5 stanzas

  • First three stanzas are depicting one setting while the last two are depicting another

  • Only last three stanzas rhyme- speaks to structure of says in London

  • Alliteration with “groggily, groggily” and “muffling, muffling”

  • A lot of imagery throughout


Meaning and images
Meaning and images

  • Cultural Identity

  • Separation from home

  • Difficulty of belonging to two cultures

  • All of above is relatable to our lives



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