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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Literature is one of her greatest passions which she pursues through analyzing poetry on Poem Analysis. 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 beauty of Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach scene is contrasted with Nagra’s poem, in which the sea has ‘gobfuls’ in its ‘phlegmed water’ and the cliffs are crumbling and ‘scummed’. Beyond the title, there is a reference to Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” which is a lyrical poem looking at transitions from old to new and the loneliness that this can cause for an individual. Although many of the poems dwell on darker themes -- racism, oppression, arranged marriages -- the prevailing tone is one of exuberance and charm, as exemplified by the first and last poems of the collection.The title is ungrammatical, Nagra teasing his own people for their incorrect English with gentle humour. The poem is a dramatic monologue, the voice that of the poet, using the first person plural ‘we’ and in the last stanza ‘I’.

While there is variety within stanzas regarding line length, there is a very even structure across the poem with five stanzas of five lines. The immigrants are camouflaged while the animals are out in the open, making noise and going where they please. This would be very effective for readers who notice the inclusion of such words but don’t immediately see them as ‘foreign’ because it would demonstrate how language has evolved, and how little it has been realised by modern society. 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.Descriptions such as “swarms” take individuality out of those coming to the country, showing how identity can easily be removed and stereotypes applied. The waves are “ministered,” meaning they obey the needs of the tourists while the immigrants have to fight against them to make any progress.

The speaker highlights the struggles of immigrant life: the lack of official documentation, the difficulty of finding work and housing, and the threat of violence and deportation. The poem begins with the speaker describing the terrifying arrival into Dover There is nothing beautiful about this scene. He speaks -- or rather, his characters speak -- in a whole variety of voices: teenage Jaswinder who wishes she was black and chilled, querulous Kabba laying into his son's English teacher ('my boy, vil he tink ebry new/Barrett-home Muslim hav goat blood-party/barbeque? Babbling” could be seen as an example of onomatopoeia, with Nagra playing with these words and phrases to continue the idea of multiple languages.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. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. This is most likely to be with others that have similar themes, such as ‘Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn’ and ‘The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled’. The use of non English words is an intriguing way in which Nagra can be seen to be critical of anti-immigration ideas and sentiments, demonstrating how English has naturally evolved to incorporate words from other languages.

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