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Comparing and contrasting the two poems Island Man and The Fringe of the Sea I recently read two poems entitled Island Man and The Fringe of the Sea These two poems are similar in many ways but also have conflicting ideas They both have connections to the sea through the content of the poems but also through the authors Grace Nichols is the author of Island Man and she was born in Ghana and now living in Britain AL Hendriks wrote The Fringe of the Sea and she was born in Jamaica but also now lives in Britain The poem Island Man is about and for a Caribbean man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea The First line is one word Morning This emphasises the word morning It makes it seem important which it is because it is the main theme in this poem When you hear the poem you may also hear Mourning This gives the idea that it is sad there seems to be sorrow in mornings Most people dont like mornings they suggest work tiredness This is like the Island Man he doesnt seem to like morning because he has to wake up and leave his dreams of an island Then it says and island man wakes up this introduces the Caribbean man He has no name throughout the poem which makes it more generalised and so appeals to more people For example it would not be a very popular poem if it says and Dave wakes up The next lines to the sound of blue surf in his head have a strong rhythm a sort of beat It suggests harmony but the second line in his head suggests sudden discord The alliteration of the s sounds changes so a h The s could also be suggesting the sound and regularity of the surf or waves breaking On the next line this is an
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