Look We Have Coming to Dover!

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Look We Have Coming to Dover!

Look We Have Coming to Dover!

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If that doesn't work, there may be a network issue, and you can use our self test page to see what's preventing the page from loading. Once again there is another light-hearted phrase within the poem to contrast with the more serious issues being raised, helping to present people as normal and approachable to a reader. However, as these pieces of punctuation are generally used to join sentences and words together (in comparison to full breaks with caesura, such as full stops and exclamation marks), it could be seen that this is demonstrating how different cultures and people bring society closer together. The immigrants are camouflaged while the animals are out in the open, making noise and going where they please. This poem is about the experience of immigrants to England, and has been cleverly written to be read in parallel with Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach.

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.Its rhythmical, phonetic delicacies offer a colourful insight into British-Asian culture and are an inspiration to read. One example is “ Bedford van” which became a well known piece of British culture throughout the 20th century, including many wartime vehicles branded as “Bedford”.

As such, this reference can be seen as pointing directly to the idea of immigration and the way that politics, media and society intertwine to react to it. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

At anytime they know that they might be stabbed in the back or hurt by something simple, like asthma contracted in parks. There is also frequent use of commas and hyphens throughout the poem, which may represent the idea of diversity and change within society due to the frequent use of these different types of punctuation. This has been interpreted as representing the shape of the cliffs of Dover; cycles of emigration and immigration; the five oceans of the world; cycles of life, death and rebirth. Babbling” could be seen as an example of onomatopoeia, with Nagra playing with these words and phrases to continue the idea of multiple languages.

Nagra's collections have won the Foward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Book, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award. It reads, “So various, so beautiful, so new…” There is nothing “beautiful” about the speaker’s description of the Dover shore in the first stanzas of the text. Borrowing Neil Bloodaxe Astley's words re poetry, this is poetry which exudes 'the fullest and most subtle flavour'. This also enables a broad range of interesting comparative points with other poems from the ‘Poems of the Decade’ collection.

This includes using ‘Punglish’ which imitates English spoken by those whose first language is Punjabi to help show experiences of people of Indian origin who are born in the UK.

The title is ungrammatical, Nagra teasing his own people for their incorrect English with gentle humour.

The poet uses words in whatever way seems to convey his meaning, regardless of whether this is ‘correct’, and subtly conveys extra layers of meaning. 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. is a great example of how poems can share so many ideas and thoughts regarding key contemporary events and issues within society. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes.



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