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Question: How does the poet explore immigration within the poem “Look We Have Coming to Dover”?

Answer: The poet uses the poem “Look We Have Coming to Dover” to criticise societies pre-conceived views of immigrants and also the treatment of immigrants themselves. This is done through the extended metaphor of the life and struggles of an illegal immigrant in the UK. The poet highlights the lack of identity and belonging that they feel. This is reflected through the contrast of the images of the “stowed” immigrants who are below deck in the boat to the “come-and go tourists” who are “minist[ering]” the “waves” upon the upper deck of the boat. It is clear through the juxtaposing images that the tourists are in a position of freedom and power metaphorically and literally, as they are above in the fresh air, however the immigrants are down below deck “huddled” and constrained. This therefore metaphorically sets up a social hierarchy with immigrants at the bottom. This ca...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 555
  • Date submitted: May 06, 2018
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8402

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