Essay Comparison of Poetry of a Different Culture

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Comparison of Poetry of a Different Culture

We live in a society where culture and identity are very important. Culture is the distinctive practices and beliefs of a society. Culture is all about where we live, our language, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the celebrations we celebrate and the things we value.

Many people who live in poorer countries move over to the bigger cities were there are more jobs and money. Many people end up living in a place they don't know.

In English we have studied five poems from another culture, which was Jamaica. All the culture poems we studied were mostly about a man or woman wanting to go back to Jamaica. We have to do our coursework on this topic
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For a few seconds every morning he still thinks he is in the Caribbean.

The first word of the poem, 'morning' sets the scene for the rest of the poem. The line, 'The island man wakes up to the sound of blue surf in his head,' tells us the man imagines blue waves in his head. Right from the start of the poem we learn that the poet's homeland is very important to him.

The line, 'the steady breaking and wombing' is comforting, the word 'breaking' is a sea sound and the word 'wombing' is a surf sound.

The second stanza is like the Caribbean man is coming out of his dream. The words 'Emerald Island' are a colour metaphor and he makes it sound like the island is precious to him. Emeralds are precious stones. The words 'groggily, groggily' are like an echo, reflecting the sleepy mood of the island man.

In the third stanza we learn what London is like. The words 'grey metallic soar' gave a strong impression of the traffic and the city life. The line, 'North circular roar,' North circular is a road in London and the Caribbean man lives near it. The word 'heaves' means he doesn't want to do something but forces himself to do it. This verse is in complete contrast to the earlier images of Island life.

In the last line the phrase, 'Another London day,' the man is saying that he is ready to face another day in London. The Caribbean man lives in London but wakes up in his home, which

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