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Discuss the presentation of women in Grace Nichols poems Use quotations to support your observations Grace Nichols and afro-american woman lived amongst women which had to work and fight for a living In her poems she shows how her life was and how women had to live in those conditions She shows many aspects of the life conditions Firstly Grace Nichols presents women as very hard-working and spiritually and physically strong This is clearly shown in the poem Those Women For example in the first line Cut and contriving women the poet wants to show that women had to do a great effort since the word contriving gives the idea of something hard and difficult to do Added to this in the first stanza when she says hauling fresh shrimps up in their sines it is clearly seen that the women were physically strong since this was a tough work Another good poem which shows the physicall and spiritual strengh of women is Waiting fot Thelmas Laugther In this poem the author uses vocabulary which gives the poem a sense of strength For example the words crush scream give an idea of a powerful and physically strong woman In addition in this poem the spiritual strengh of women is underlined When she says You wanna scream cause your heads too small it is shown that this woman had a great spiritual strengh since she wanted to scream out her problems Grace Nichols also presents women by how they relate with other people for example with men or with their children In the poem In my name the persona is a woman who describes her feelings for her unborn child The lines when she says and command the earth to receive you or Let the snake slipping in deep grass be dumb before you show that the future mother takes good care of her child and wants the world to receive him well
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