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One interpretation of the specific use of five could be as a reference to the ‘five oceans’ of the world, which have all proved vital to traditional movement and travel over the centuries. Some readers may see this as showing waves and tides with this gradual but clear flow and change, or alternatively the movement of people across the world throughout history and different cycles of immigration and emigration. There is no consistent rhyme or rhythm scheme in the text but the patterning of the lines is similar and a reader can find structure through the images used by Nagra.

This device of creating words to convey meaning, for example ‘lash’ and ‘brunt’ used as adjectives, or ‘phlegmed’ and ‘prow’d’ as verbs created from nouns, is known as anthimeria. Nagra’s poem reflects the themes of Arnold’s poem, written a hundred years ago, where the he imagines the conflict and chaos that might result if the there was no religious basis to our society.

Although many of the poems dwell on darker themes -- racism, oppression, arranged marriages -- the prevailing tone is one of exuberance and charm, as exemplified by the first and last poems of the collection. Conflict: As a result of these societal, cultural and identity differences, it is easy to see how there is potential for conflict as different groups and different ideologies are merged into this one poem. Borrowing Neil Bloodaxe Astley's words re poetry, this is poetry which exudes 'the fullest and most subtle flavour'.

by Daljit Nagra tells of the arrival of immigrants to England and of their lives filled with hard work, fears, and dreams.This could therefore be interpreted as a criticism of those who are see immigration as hugely detrimental or even dangerous. There is also the personification of the wind and rain described as “yobbish” and the ugly connotations and dehumanisation of “swarms of us” which likens those entering the country to insects. The poem begins with the speaker describing the terrifying arrival into Dover There is nothing beautiful about this scene. begins with a good example of alliteration, the simple connection of the words “Seagull” and “shoal. Suffice to say the man knows his stuff but as amusing as studying Shakespeare can be (for novelty value if nothing else), it pales in comparison to Mr Nagra's work: the patron saint of English Literature (a BLUE CHIP subject).

Prow’d’ also creates a homophone, and therefore simultaneously suggests that the tourists are proud. It is a hard life they are living as they are stuck between the dark spotlight of night and the hope of the sun.He is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, on the Council of the Society of Authors, Advisor to Poetry By Heart, and presents the weekly Poetry Extra on Radio 4 Extra.

is a poem by Daljit Nagra which considers immigration to the United Kingdom and the development of cultures as they mix and merge in different countries. is a great example of how poems can share so many ideas and thoughts regarding key contemporary events and issues within society. I confess that most modern poetry makes my teeth ache with boredom because it's so earnest and glum and 'look-how-cleverly-I-put-that! When looking at the poem as a whole the changes in line length become clearer, with each stanza progressing from short lines to long lines, before restarting the cycle for the next stanza.Nagra also dramatises an uneasy nation, as one idea of England is replaced by another — the latter, Nagra’s vision, is uglier, with hostility to immigrants and pollution.

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