Island Man Structure Analysis Essay

Presentation on theme: "Island Man By Grace Nichols."— Presentation transcript:

1 Island ManBy Grace Nichols

2 Poetry from other cultures
Learning OutcomeBy the end of the lesson I will be able to :comment on how poets use language to create images in the mind of the reader.Annotate a poem.Key wordsannotateImage/imageryCultureContrast/compareIsland Man.docx

3 In pairs discuss the following questions and note your comments in your book.
What do you think life on a Caribbean island would be like?How do you think this would be different from your way of life?

4 Make a list of things from the poem that are from the island and things that are from London.

5 Evoking PlaceLearning outcome Use my experience or imagination to describe a place, its people and its culture. Key words Evoke Setting Culture

6 Using ‘Island Man’ as an influence, write a letter to a friend from either:
A tropical island.A bustling city centre.Remember to use language carefully to describe the place and the people.Describe the culture and traditions of the people who live there.ExtensionContrast and compare the culture and traditions with your own in England.

7 Analysing PoetryLearning Outcome Use PEE to analyse a poem. Key words Analyse Point Evidence Explain

8 POINT: The poet uses language to make the island seem bright and colourful.
EVIDENCE: For example he describes the ‘blue surf’ and the ‘emerald island’.EXPLAIN: This creates an image in the mind of the reader of a beautiful, vivid and sunny place.

9 POINT: The poet uses language to make London seem dull and dreary.
EVIDENCE:EXPLAIN:

10 Writing your EssayHow does the ‘Island Man’ feel about life in the Caribbean and life In London?

11 Writing your Introduction
Briefly explain what the poem is aboutAdd any relevant cultural context Level 6/7)Example:‘The Island Man’ is a poem written by Grace Nichols and is about a man who is from the Caribbean. However he is now living in London; he is extremely homesick and misses his island. In his dreams he is taken back to his former life where the poem contrasts the Caribbean with London. The way of life is very different in each culture and London is represented as very negative, whereas the Caribbean is shown to be positive and vibrant.

12 When writing your essay make a Point about the following and find Evidence in the poem
Imagery – what does the poet help you see?Sound/Sibilance – what does the poet help you to hear?PersonificationLanguageForm – what effect does the shape of the poem have?Conclusion – sum up, in your opinion, the attitudes and feelings that the Island Man has towards the Caribbean and LondonRemember - to Explain your points in detail and compare and contrast the Caribbean and London each time


Presentation on theme: "Island man Grace Nichols."— Presentation transcript:

1 Island manGrace Nichols

2 Life on a Caribbean Island

3 Life in London

4 Imagine…

5 Differences between life on a Caribbean island and life in London

6 CULTURE Guyana: Country on the north coast of South America;
One of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere;Gained independence from Britain in 1966.

7 SURFACE MEANINGA man who used to live on a Caribbean island still dreams of this place even now when he lives in London.

8 Island Man Morning and island man wakes up to the sound of blue surf
in his headthe steady breaking and wombingwild seabirdsand fishermen pushing out to seathe sun surfacing defiantlyfrom the eastof his small emerald islandhe always comes backgroggily groggilyComes back to sandsof a grey metallic soarto surge of wheelsto dull North Circular roarmuffling mufflinghis crumpled pillow wavesisland man heaves himselfAnother London day

9 Island Man(for a Caribbean island man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea)MorningAnd island man wakes upTo the sound of blue surfIn his headThe steady breaking and wombingwild seabirdsand fisherman pushing out to seathe sun surfacing defiantlyfrom the eastof his small emerald islandhe always comes back groggily groggilyClear link with other traditionsThis word has many associations, but the predominant image is one of comfort and securityAlliteration with the letter 's'Note the vibrant coloursvery positive imageRepetition, as if he cannot believe it, or is reluctant to acknowledge

10 Colour contrast, not vibrant but drab
Comes back to sandsof a grey metallic soarto surge of wheelsto dull North Circular roadChange of perspective herea busy road around Londonmuffling mufflinghis crumpled pillow wavesisland man heaves himselfAnother London dayGrace NicholsRepetition, as if he cannot believe it, or is reluctant to acknowledgeSuggest comparison of a man heaving himself on to an islandStark last line, physically isolated, with no preposition or verbCapital letters but no punctuation in poem

11 IDEAS, ATTITUDES, FEELINGS
Comparing the simple beautiful way of life on a Caribbean island to the noise and rush of a modern cityWhen far away from home some people will over idealise itNever forget where you come fromAttitudes:Island man does not seem to feel at home in London therefore there is a sense of being out of place and not belongingThe opportunities of London are far removed from the beauties of the CaribbeanFeelings:HomesickIdealising the past / previous homeRegretDull repetitive nature of present working life

12 LanguageMetaphorsands / of a grey metallic soar (London as an unpleasant beach)Personification• the sun surfacing defiantly• to dull North Circular roarAlliteration• sun surfacing• Stanza 3 = Sands, soar, surge (like the sounds of the sea)Repetition• groggily groggily• muffling muffling

13 Island ManThere is no punctuation in the poem. Why? What image does the Island man have in his head? How does the poet’s choice of language reflect that image?There are more capital letters on the second part of the poem. Why? Think of the formality of capital letters.

14 Island Man Island: “blue surf” “wild seabirds” “fishermen”
“emerald island”London:“grey metallic soar”“to surge of wheels”“dull North Circular roar”“Another London day”

15 The more points you make the higher the grade!
Back to exams…The question will name ONE poem, you must choose the otherUse the wording of the question at the beginning and end of EVERY paragraphRelate everything you write to the questionThe more points you make the higher the grade!

16 Sample Exam QuestionHow does “Blessing” and one other poem from this selection, show the importance of culture and cultural background

17 Planning a response to the question on poetry from other cultures
When planning an answer to the question on poems from other cultures do not consider one poem and then another and then try to make comparisons in your conclusion. You should be comparing (discussing similarities) and contrasting (considering differences) the poems throughout your essay.This will also help you to ANALYSE the poems rather than simply DESCRIBING them. E.g. You don’t get m(any) marks for saying, ‘there is a metaphor in the first stanza’ but you will get credit for writing, ‘the poet compares her use of language to a flower which shows how she feels it is alive and growing’.

18 Language / Themes/Techniques
‘Blessing’‘Island Man’What is the subject of each poem?Describe the poet’s tone and attitude.How does the poet use rhythm to suit the subject matter?How does each poet bring the environment / place to life?How are the people presented in each poem? (Look at how the poet describes their actions, for example.)How does each poet use imagery?Does each poet use unconventional forms? If so, why? (e.g. lack of punctuation, short line lengths, and unusual layout).

19 ‘Island Man’: Evoking Place
Using ‘Island Man’ as an influence, write a postcard to a friend from either:a tropical islanda bustling city centreDescribe the place as you have experienced it. Use experience and / or imagination!

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