With Reference To At Least Four Different Poems, Explore How Cultural

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With Reference To At Least Four Different Poems, Explore How Cultural Identity Is Represented By The Various Poets The four poems I have selected to focus on all portray a cultural identity in their own unique way. 'Wherever I hang' and 'The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping', are both written by Grace Nichols, a poet of Guinean background. I have also chosen to explore 'Dream Variation' by Langston Hughes as well as 'Half-Caste' by John Agard. I have chosen this selection of poetry because I feel that each poem has great merit in successfully challenging the racial disparities of the modern world. Grace Nichols unsurprisingly tends to base her poems around the inequality between the black and white communities; this is…show more content…
"Dream Variation" creates a dreamlike mood suggesting his idea of the White world is, although slightly unrealistic, like a dream life in comparison to a Black mans, such as himself. The use of random rhyme adds to the dreamlike state in which the reader is welcomed into, via the imagery. The irregularity of the rhyme also adds to the surreal atmosphere and the boldness of the casual rhyme portrays the confident and positive tone of the poem. In some respects, this is suggestive that Hughes feels culture is ones own identity but acceptance throughout all cultures is vital. Language is one of the key tools in which Hughes reflects his cultural identity. Metaphors are used as a tool to subtly apply the idea of white supremacy throughout the poem. "In the face of the sun" creates the image of a bright white sun, with the metaphorical meaning of a white dominated world in which white people are overbearing and untouchable. This metaphorical imagery is also used to echo the idea of Black inferiority, "Night coming tenderly" as if A Black man belongs to the night because the Whites rule the daylight. Similes such as "Black like me" emphasise the division between White and Black cultures. Half-Caste is in stark contrast to

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