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Search for my Tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan both show people thinking about their roots How does each poem convey their thoughts and feelings In Search for my Tongue and Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan the poets are conveying to the reader the strong feelings they have about their roots and how it affects them in everyday life Both poems talk of women who have Asian roots but are now living in other countries In Search for my Tongue the poet tries to express to the reader how very strange it feels to have been brought up with one language and to have to give it up to make space for a new language Her language is something very important to her it isnt just a language but it also represents her culture and identity The poet feels that because she has had to speak this new language and live a new way of life that she is losing her native language culture and identity The poet conveys her feelings by using strong images that show exactly how she feels And if you lived in a place you had to speak a foreign tongue your mother tongue would rot rot and die in your mouth until you had to spit it out From this stanza you can really picture the native unused tongue rotting and therefore being spat out This is a very striking and vivid image The poet is showing that as she concentrates on using one language during the day it is very difficult not to loose her original language You could not use them both together even if you thought that way However when she dreams at night she finds that she has not lost her ability to use her mother tongue I thought I spit it out but overnight while I dream Munay hutoo kay aakhee jeebh aakhee bhasha In the
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