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									“Search For My Tongue”

 Themes (ideas) in the poem
          Summary of Poem

• In “Search For My Tongue” the writer
  explains the problems caused by knowing
  two languages, English and Gujarati, but
  only being able to speak one in public.
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• The poem deals with conflict since the
  poet feels, at first, that there is a battle
  between Gujarati and English in her life.
• “two tongues inside your mouth.”
• This image is powerful since it shows how
  both these languages are so much part of
  who she is, they are like parts of her body,
  yet there is not room for both.
• The conflict between these languages
  becomes bitter and ugly because it is a
  battle for survival.
• “your mother tongue would rot,/rot and die
  in your mouth/until you had to spit it out.”
• A quotation that shows how violent and
  painful the struggle between the
  languages has become. Almost the
  language of a horror film.
• The poet feels that by losing the chance to
  speak Gujarati, she is losing something
  vital to her.
• “One tongue rots, rots and dies”
• Because the image is disturbing, even
  disgusting, making you think of corpses, it
  helps get across how sad and wrong it
  feels to lose a language.
• Sujata Bhatt shows that the language you
  speak cannot be separated from who you
• “You could not use them both
  together/even if you thought that way.”
• Which suggests that, if you can’t speak in
  the way that you think, you can never
  explain who you are.
• The poem ends with a feeling of success
  since the “lost” tongue, Gujarati, cannot
  die, and comes back stronger than before.
• “it ties the other tongue in knots…it
  blossoms out of my mouth.”
• This replaces the ugly image of a dead
  tongue with a beautiful image of a natural,
  thriving flower.
• Point – There is conflict in this poem
  between the poet’s English upbringing and
  her Pakistani relatives.
• Quote – “My aunts in shaded rooms”

• Explain – This shows that Pakistani life
  can only be imagined by her, and not very
• There is another source of conflict in the
  poem which is to do with dress. Pakistani
  and English clothes are very different.
• Quote “I longed/for corduroy and denim”

• Explain: This shows that she want to fit it
  with the British culture of her
  schoolfriends, not stand out in “foreign”
• Point: The conflict lessens towards the
  end of the poem where the poet starts to
  take an interest in the objects from
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