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Question: What are the similarities and differences in which Sujata Bhatt and Moniza Alvi present their feelings about identity in their poems?

Grade A GCSE National Curriculum Final Level: 8b (A-Level Quality)

Answer: The following essay analyses the differences and similarities between Sujata Bhatt´s poem, ‘Search for My Tongue’, and Moniza Alvi´s, ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’. Each similarity and difference will relate to the overlapping theme of identity that both poets explore. In order to understand each poem, background information is needed: Sujata Bhatt was born in India and then moved to American at an age of eleven; Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and then moved to England at the age of three.

One similarity in both of the poems is the recurrence of the themes of identity and culture, as the poets write: “But often I admired the mirror-work, tried to glimpse myself in the miniature glass circle.” Moniza uses the lingustical device, a metaphor, to convey the theme of fractured identity. The mirror is often used as a symbol for identity; in the quotation, the poet des...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: GCSE
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 2597
  • Date submitted: March 13, 2014
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 5486

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