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The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey

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Laiba Baig

on 3 November 2013

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Transcript of The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey

The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mountain Honey By James Berry
Devices used continued:
5) "handfuls hold hidden sunset" alliteration and unpredictable collocation, they don't sound right together, this stresses the contrast of 2 countries as shows that these two countries do have similarites but they can never mix properly.

Contrasts between England and Jamaica
He shows contrast in a very discreet manner. one example: 'Breadfruit a green football' contrasts the Caribbean's love for food and England's love for football.this brings the cultures together, which is what the whole peom is about.
About the author
The coming of yams and mangoes and mountain honey is a poem written by James Berry. He is a Jamaican poet who settled in England in the 1940s. His poetry is notable for using a mixture of standard English and Jamaican Patois. Berry's writing often "explores the relationship between black and white communities and in particular, the excitement and tensions in the evolving relationship of the Caribbean immigrants with Britain and British society from the 1940s onwards
devices used:
1 )simile- "congo-peas like tawny pearls"- pearls connote beauty and wealth

2) metaphor- "mango soaked in sunrise" creates imagery

3) lots of colours used to describe objects, this shows us the positive celebratative tone that is being set here as bright colours connote central american festivals which have lots of colour to celebrate. "big brown" "fleshy green" "brightness of macaw"

4) rhyme is used in some places such as "papaw" and "macaw", this creates a positive rhythm to the poem

THE POEM
The poem is a description of a English market selling Jamaican food. The main purpose of the poem is to entertain and to do so the poem exhibits variety of aspects: one aspect would be Caribbean food being promoted throughout the poem another aspect is that it explores the cultural differences between England and Jamaica.

Structure
The poem is written in 12 stanza altogether
with 45 lines.
the poem does not have much of a structure but this may imply to the ability to eat whenever and wherever
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING :)
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