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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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. Nagra, whose own parents came to England from the Punjab in the 1950s, draws on both English and Indian-English traditions to tell stories of alienation, assimilation, aspiration and love, from a stowaway’s first footprint on Dover Beach to the disenchantment of subsequent generations. The poem begins with the speaker describing the terrifying arrival into Dover There is nothing beautiful about this scene. A similar technique is the use of British references and imagery to juxtapose with the non-English words and ideas. 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.

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. 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.At anytime they know that they might be stabbed in the back or hurt by something simple, like asthma contracted in parks. 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. The number and range of devices used to describe a multitude of subjects, ranging from contemporary social issues and attitudes to romantic poetry to put Keats to shame, really is a wonder to behold and, though I was first impressed by his work being published by Faber and Faber, I now feel it is holding this man and his incredible poetry back. The immigrants are camouflaged while the animals are out in the open, making noise and going where they please. The waves are “ministered,” meaning they obey the needs of the tourists while the immigrants have to fight against them to make any progress.

But the poem's sparky, inventive language suggests that immigration is a revitalizing force, offering immigrants' adoptive countries fresh energy and fresh perspectives. The inclusion of “invade” introduces the ongoing theme of words with negative connotations, but this one is particularly notable because of the direct link to hostile people entering another country. is the most acclaimed debut collection of poetry published in recent years, as well as one of the most relevant and accessible. For example, the first line of every stanza has eight, six, or seven syllables and the fifth somewhere between fourteen and sixteen. In the future, the speaker would like to see himself and his companions as part of British culture and “babbling [their] lingoes.

begins with a good example of alliteration, the simple connection of the words “Seagull” and “shoal.



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