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The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey

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Rebecca Tate

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey

About the author
The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey is a poem written by James Berry who won an OBE in 1990 for his work.
James Berry spent his childhood in a Jamaican village but moved to England as a young man.
Structure
The poem is written in 12 stanzas with 45 lines. It is not very strictly structured and this links to the ability to eat whatever and whenever.
The poem also includes enjambement,
for example
"But, here you won't have a topseat cooing
in peppers, won't hear the nightingale's
notes mixed with lime juice."
Contrasts between England and Jamaica
"Breadfruit a green football" contrasts the Caribbean's love for food and England's love for football. This brings the cultures together which gives the poem a positive vibe as it's all about sharing.
Sibilance
"The sweetness of the summer settle smells" is an example of sibilance which makes the readers think of positive connotations, as it is a soothing sound and makes the Caribbean seem a nice and peaceful place.
The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey
The poem is a description about a London market selling Jamaican food.
The poem is mainly to entertain, to promote Caribbean food and also to explore the cultural differences.
The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey
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