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A dramatisation of 'Hurricane Hits England' by Grace Nichols. The poet explains how she feels about the clash of cultures between Guyana and England. She then tells us that the poem was sparked by a large storm that hit England in 1987, and explains the different Gods which she mentions in the poem.
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First broadcast:
15 January 1999

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to explore the significance of contrasting idiolects in poetry, as well as language techniques such as simile, metaphor and allusion. Students could use the poem to explore influences expressed by the text and build up an image of the poet before hearing from the poet herself. They can then return to the text and look more closely at the meanings of contrasting images, considering the causes and effects of their ambivalence (eg is the storm friend or foe?).

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