Presentation on theme: "Island Man by Grace Nichols"— Presentation transcript:
1 Island Man by Grace Nichols Different Cultures – Cluster 1
2 Grace Nichols Born Georgetown, Guyana (Caribbean) 1950 Lived in UK since 1977Poet and writer of children’s books
3 Island Man by Grace Nichols A man from a Caribbean island now lives and works in London. The poem shows his state of mind in the early morning.He wakes with the sound of the sea in his head, then prepares himself for the reality of his day’s work.
5 rhythms which suggest the movements of the sea Island Man Lines 1 - 5rhythms which suggest the movements of the seaMorningand island man wakes upto the sound of blue surfin his headthe steady breaking and wombingThe sea is the source (the womb) of all life on earth
6 Repetitions contribute to the hypnotic rhythm Island man Lineswild seabirdsand fishermen pushing out to seathe sun surfacing defiantlyfrom the eastof his small emerald islandhe always comes backgroggily groggilyS and f sounds suggest the sounds of the sea (alliteration / onomatopoeia)Repetitions contribute to the hypnotic rhythm
7 Island man Lines 12 - 15 Comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheelsto dull North Circular roarIs the traffic sound “soaring” (increasing in volume) ?
8 What do these lines mean and how do they relate to others ? Island man LinesWhat do these lines mean and how do they relate to others ?muffling mufflinghis crumpled pillow wavesisland man heaves himselfAlliteration suggestive of laboured breathing
9 London days are all the same: dull, repetitive, mechanical Island man Line 19Another London dayLondon days are all the same: dull, repetitive, mechanical
10 Island Man by Grace Nichols Lines 1 – 5 The man wakes up and in his head hears the surfLines 6 – 11 He hears other sea sounds and sees the sun rise, then starts to realise where he isLines 12 – 15 The sounds change to London traffic soundsLines 16 – 18 He struggles out of bed...Line to face another day in London
11 Island Man by Grace Nichols The poem covers only a few minutes in the early morning. It describes the first part of a man’s day as he comes to consciousness. The man is not identified except as a stereotype “island man”. He is a West Indian, living in London.He wakes with the sound of the Caribbean sea in his head (“the sound of blue surf”). Other sea sounds develop (“wild seabirds and fishermen”) and he imagines the sun rising. His head begins to clear (“groggily groggily”).The sea sounds transform into metallic traffic sounds; sand transforms into road surface; blue and emerald turn to grey.The only waves are in his crumpled pillow as he “heaves himself” up to prepare for “Another London day”.
13 How “Island Man” is written: 1. Shape and sense 19 lines of different lengths5 sections of different lengthsNo punctuation apart from 3 sections beginning with capital lettersLines are often, but not always, complete phrases, units of senseSometimes the relationship between lines is ambiguousOne line (l.11) is unusually broken
14 How “Island Man” is written: 2. Language Much of the poem has rhythms which suggest the movement of the sea, with some long movements and some short, rather gentle and hypnotic.Repetitions contribute to the rhythms (comes back/comes back; groggily/ groggily; muffling/muffling) and suggest the hypnotic effects of the sea’s movement.Alliteration is used (sound/surf; seabirds/sea/ sun). In the first half of the poem, sequences of s and f sounds suggest sea sounds.There are only 2 rhymes (soar/roar; sea/defiantly), which seem accidental or natural rhymes.There is some use of colour (blue/emerald/grey) to contrast the brightness of the Caribbean with the dullness of London.There are some unusual uses of words (l.5 wombing; l.13 soar).The absence of punctuation (and of finite verbs) makes some word sequences ambiguous, particularly l and perhaps l.6-11.
15 Island Man: questions to consider What contrasts are suggested between the man’s life on a Caribbean island and his life in London ?Why is he living in London ?Why does he remember his home island so vividly ?
17 Comparisons with themes from other poems Separation from one’s homeland(compare Presents from my Aunts in PakistanHurricane Hits England)Living in a different culture(compare Search for My TongueUnrelated IncidentsHalf Caste)Village life(compare BlessingNight of the Scorpion)