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When we are oppressed we want to bring about change so that the oppression is no longer felt by us and is recognised by the oppressors as wrong. From the beginning the author's main purpose is apparent. The metaphors and emotive language Grace Nichols uses, illustrates to us the reality of oppression towards blacks, through her experienced eyes. These techniques are prevalent in the poems, "Of Course When They Ask for Poems About the Realities of Black Women" and "The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping".
When we are oppressed, we feel the need to revolt. Grace Nichols did this through the medium of poetry. Using metaphors she made us think about what she has experienced. There are cultural metaphors in both titles that convey the subject matter to us inconspicuously. The word 'black' is usually used to describe the colour of some peoples' skin, but in this case it may have also been used to demonstrate the feelings that are felt when people are oppressed.
Oppressed people may feel unnoticed and soulless and therefore 'black'. The two titles, "Of Course When They Ask for Poems About the Realities of Black Women" and "The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping" are metaphors themselves. They are cultural metaphors and are repeated in each poem. "The fat black woman curses in Swahili/Yoruba." These metaphors show us the purpose of the poems before we even read them and are essential for the full Grace Nichols experience.
We revolt when faced with oppression, regardless of the costs, so that we can make the world a more comfortable place for all. Grace Nichols' poems use emotive language to display how she feels about the oppression of black women. "Crushing out with each dancing step the twisted self-negating history we've inherited". This sentence encompasses mixed emotions, as.Citation styles:
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Even tho by Grace Nichols Grace Nichols is from the Caribbean island along the Atlantic coast from the place called Guyana, a small village by sea. Guyana was a brutish colony so she was exposed to British culture and read the work of authors such as Enid Blyton, Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In Guyana she was influenced by myths legend and the landscape. She started to work as a teacher in the remote part of Guyana but at the age of 27 she migrated to England. The poetry is written from a female?s perspective and in this poem the narrator is addressing the lover (man). . read more.
to suggest that she is sweet, natural and delicious. The use of fruits describe the feeling of the poet that how does she feel when she is in a relationship to portray her as a weak character. Fruits like ?water melon? and ?plums? bruise easily implying that she is easily hurt and is more sensitive in characteristics. In the 3rd stanza we get the feeling that the woman seems very excited passionate and sensual when she is with the man. The use of word ?jellyfish? reflects the poets feeling in the poem. . read more.
In the 5th stanza the woman wishes to have a physical contact and wishes to show her affection. she want the man to be be by her side and be sweet to her. The womans present love is in the passionate way. The poet uses the word ?brace up? to invite the man to be strong and promises to face the difficulties together. In the 6th stanza the poet is telling that however, strong, passionate their relation ship might be for her but it will take her ability to break free. In the 7th stanza the poet is fears that she might cease to be a person and woud lose her person ality . read more.
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Poet Grace Nichols was born in Georgetown, Guyana. in 1950. After working in Guyana as a teacher and journalist. she immigrated to the UK in 1977. Much of her poetry is characterised by Caribbean rhythms and culture, and influenced by Guyanese and Amerindian folklore.
Her first collection of poetry, I is a Long-Memoried Woman won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She has written several further books of poetry and a novel for adults, Whole of a Morning Sky. 1986. Her books for children include collections of short stories and poetry anthologies. Her latest work, of new and selected poems, is "Startling the Flying Fish", 2006. Her poetry is featured in the AQA. WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee), and Edexcel English/English Literature GCSE anthologies - meaning that many GCSE students in the UK have studied her work on WWII. Her religion is Christianity after she was influenced by the UK's many religions and multi-cultural society.Her partner is Guyanese poet John Agard .
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Both Grace Nichols and Irvine Welsh present the struggle for identity in their novels, but they both do so in different ways. Welsh shows a struggle for identity as being a very negative thing in Trainspotting, as the novel follows the character's chaotic lifestyles and heroin addictions. However, in The Fat Black Woman's Poems, Nichols presents the struggle for identity as being a positive thing and something that is to be embraced and challenged.
Nichols and Welsh both use unconventional structure and punctuation to explore the issue of a struggle for identity. In Trainspotting, Welsh challenges the stereotypical norms of punctuation in most typical novels, and replaces speech marks with hyphens for character's speech. This is fitting to the novel, as the characters challenge social norms through drug use, so Welsh's style reflects this and is very fitting. In this respect, Nichols' work is very similar. Her poems are all blank verse, so follow no structure. In addition to this, they contain no/little punctuation either, even at the end of the poem. Both writers' work in this way in order to 'rebel' against society, who have judged them for not fitting in, and therefore go against the expected norms in their writing.
Trainspotting is written in Scottish dialect, "ken", which conveys the pride Welsh feels towards his country. In the same way, although Nichols writes in conventional English, she still incorporates many Caribbean references, "hibiscus", which expresses her love and loyalty to her birthplace. Writing in either of these ways is obviously not a conventional, familiar way to write in, reading them as a British audience, so this therefore enhances the struggle for identity the writers' wish to convey in their writing.
As I briefly touched on earlier, Welsh and Nichols present the struggle for identity very differently. We sense this through the mood that is conveyed in their writing in. Nichols' poems- for example "Beauty"- come across to us as being very happy and proud. She recognises that people like her do face a struggle for acceptance, but she is happy to "drift" in "happy oblivion". Again, in ". And a Fat Poem", we sense the proud tone through Nichols' definitive statements, "Fat is a dream in times of lean". Also, the use of a pun on the word "lean" shows the playful, light-hearted feelings Nichols has adopted towards the issue, after being so heavily judged. Trainspotting on the other hand, expresses the struggle for acceptance is society, and shows this as having a very negative impact through the debilitating effects it has on the characters.
Lying on the sofa
all curled and meek
but in my furry-fuzzy head
there's a rapping beat.
Gonna rap while I'm napping
and looking sweet
gonna rap while I'm padding
on the balls of my feet
Gonna rap on my head
gonna rap on my tail
gonna rap on my
you know where.
So wave your paws in the air
like you just don't care
with nine lives to spare
gimme five right here.
Well, they say that we cats
are killed by curiosity,
but does the moggie mind?
No, I've got suavity.
When I get to heaven
gonna rap with Macavity,
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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