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2 Island man Grace Nichols

3 Life on a Caribbean Island

4 Life in London

5 Imagine…

6 Differences between life on a Caribbean island and life in London

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

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

9 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 groggily groggily Comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheels to surge of wheels to dull North Circular roar muffling muffling his crumpled pillow waves island man heaves himself Another London day

10 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 Clear link with other traditions Alliteration with the letter 's' This word has many associations, but the predominant image is one of comfort and security very positive image Repetition, as if he cannot believe it, or is reluctant to acknowledge Note the vibrant colours

11 muffling his crumpled pillow waves island man heaves himself Another London day Grace Nichols Comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheels to dull North Circular road Repetition, as if he cannot believe it, or is reluctant to acknowledge Stark last line, physically isolated, with no preposition or verb Suggest comparison of a man heaving himself on to an island Capital letters but no punctuation in poem a busy road around London Change of perspective here Colour contrast, not vibrant but drab

12 IDEAS, ATTITUDES, FEELINGS Ideas: 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: 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: Feelings: –Homesick –Idealising the past / previous home –Regret –Dull repetitive nature of present working life

13 Metaphor sands / of a grey metallic soar (London as an unpleasant beach) sands / of a grey metallic soar (London as an unpleasant beach) Personification the sun surfacing defiantly the sun surfacing defiantly to dull North Circular roar to dull North Circular roar Alliteration sun surfacing sun surfacing Stanza 3 = Sands, soar, surge (like the sounds of the sea) Stanza 3 = Sands, soar, surge (like the sounds of the sea) Repetition groggily groggily groggily groggily muffling muffling muffling muffling Language

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

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

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

17 How does Blessing and one other poem from this selection, show the importance of culture and cultural background How does Blessing and one other poem from this selection, show the importance of culture and cultural background Sample Exam Question

18 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. 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. This will also help you to ANALYSE the poems rather than simply DESCRIBING them. E.g. You dont get m(any) marks for saying, there is a metaphor in the first stanza but you will get credit for writing, the poet compares her use of language to a flower which shows how she feels it is alive and growing.

19 Language / Themes/Techniques BlessingIsland Man What is the subject of each poem? Describe the poets tone and attitude. How does the poet use rhythm to suit the subject matter? How does each poet bring the environment / place to life? How are the people presented in each poem? (Look at how the poet describes their actions, for example.) How does each poet use imagery? Does each poet use unconventional forms? If so, why? (e.g. lack of punctuation, short line lengths, and unusual layout).

20 Island Man: Evoking Place Using Island Man as an influence, write a postcard to a friend from either: a tropical island a bustling city centre Describe the place as you have experienced it. Use experience and / or imagination!


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