A Different History

Poem

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saraswati

Are the two parts of the poem really separate, or have they a common theme that links them together? How serious is Bhatt in this poem? Is there any humour in it?

Another poem by the same writer

Poem

‘Search For My Tongue’ By Sujata Bhatt

You ask me what I mean
by saying I have lost my tongue.
I ask you, what would you do
if you had two tongues in your mouth,
and lost the first one, the mother tongue,
and could not really know the other,
the foreign tongue.
You could not use them both together
even if you thought that way.
And if you lived in a place you had to
speak a foreign tongue,
your mother tongue would rot,
rot and die in your mouth
until you had to spit it out.
I thought I spit it out
but overnight while I dream,

(munay hutoo kay aakhee jeebh aakhee bhasha)

(may thoonky nakhi chay)

(parantoo rattray svupnama mari bhasha pachi aavay chay)

(foolnee jaim mari bhasha nmari jeebh)

(modhama kheelay chay)

(fullnee jaim mari bhasha mari jeebh)

 (modhama pakay chay)

it grows back, a stump of a shoot

grows longer, grows moist, grows strong veins,
it ties the other tongue in knots,
the bud opens, the bud opens in my mouth,
it pushes the other tongue aside.
Everytime I think I’ve forgotten,
I think I’ve lost the mother tongue,
it blossoms out of my mouth.

Search for my Tongue (video)

Do you think this video illustrates the poem?

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

What do you think of this presentation? Does it explain the poem in your view?

Is there anything missing? If so, what?

How do you compare the two poems?

Which one do you like best? Why?

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13 Responses to A Different History

  1. Juani and Pablo says:

    Do you think this video illustrates the poem?
    Yes we think that the poem is good illustrated in some parts but in others it isn’t.
    4. What do you think of this presentation? Does it explain the poem in your view? We like this presentation very much (presentation 2) because it explains the poem stanza by stanza letting us know if there is something important in it. The presentation number 1 gives examples of what Bhatt used in the poem but it doesn’t give us as much as the other presentation.
    Is there anything missing? If so, what? Yes there is, especially in presentation number 1, its missing various things for example, what Bhatt realizes at the end of the poem, also the metaphors she used in it, he/she also doesn’t put explanations of various stanzas.
    5. How do you compare the two poems? For me “Search For My Tongue” is much more understandable because it directly talks about the loss of language in India, in the poem “A Different Story” Bhatt talks about the sins and uses sarcasm to talk about language and the tongue in India.
    6. Which one do you like best? Why? We like ‘Search for my tongue’ Because its deeper and gives us a nice message. She feels that her guharati is with her and even if she is in another country with a foreign language and a different culture. That will not change her identity.

  2. Antonia Flores Piran, Delfina Subira and Pancho Ripoll says:

    Do you think this video illustrates the poem?
    Yes, because it is explained with a lot of pictures and is very easy to understand it.
    Presentation
    What do you think of this presentation? Does it explain the poem in your view?
    We think presentation 2 explains the poem very good and explains the metaphor of the poem in a very good way, but presentation 1 has nothing to do with the poem and it is not very good explain.
    Is there anything missing? If so, what?
    In presentation 2 there is nothing missing but presentation1 is very incomplete because although it explains some parts of the poem and gives a good meaning to them, quotations are missing and the explanations of the Indian words is missing too, another explanation missing is the one of the metaphor of the flower.
    How do you compare the two poems?
    The two poems talk about adapting to new cultures without forgetting your origins but the two of them focus on different secondary themes to prove her point of view.
    Which one do you like best? Why?
    We like ‘Search for My Tongue’ best because its deeper and we think that in this poem she reflects grief, like if one day she woke up with this pain in her chest and she wanted to take it out by writing this poem.

  3. Borda, Araya, Milli B. and Justo F.V. says:

    First Part Continued

    Do you think this video illustrates the poem?
    Yes we think that the poem is good illustrated in some parts but in others it isn’t.
    4. What do you think of this presentation? Does it explain the poem in your view? We like this presentation very much (presentation 2) because it explains the poem stanza by stanza letting us know if there is something important in it. The presentation number 1 gives examples of what Bhatt used in the poem but it doesn’t give us as much as the other presentation.
    Is there anything missing? If so, what? Yes there is, especially in presentation number 1, its missing various things for example, what Bhatt realizes at the end of the poem, also the metaphors she used in it, he/she also doesn’t put explanations of various stanzas.
    5. How do you compare the two poems? For me “Search For My Tongue” is much more understandable because it directly talks about the loss of language in India, in the poem “A Different Story” Bhatt talks about the sins and uses sarcasm to talk about language and the tongue in India.
    6. Which one do you like best? Why? We like ‘Search for my tongue’ Because its deeper and gives us a nice message. She feels that her guharati is with her and even if she is in another country with a foreign language and a different culture. That will not change her identity.

  4. sofia teran , agustina buljevich, olivia ferroni, belen irazusta says:

    1. Video: We think that the video is very good explaining the vocabulary of this poem, but it doesn’t explains the metaphoric meaning, and what the poem wants really to transmit.
    2-3. The presentation number 1 is too short, and it doesn’t explain the poem. There is no deep analysis and he only talks about this that is not very important. Here is missing more analysis of the message of the poem and I think that better photos also.
    The presentation number 2, it is completely opposite to the other presentation. This one has deeper analysis, and includes quotations, good images and very easy to understand. We think in this one is better because nothing important is missing.

    4. The two poems talk about the same subject, “the mother tongue”. Both of them want to transmit the same message, but in the one we analyze in class talks more about the origin of our mother tongue and the second talks more about knowing two languages, and losing your mother tongue by replacing it with the one you have learnt .
    5. We prefer the second one because it attract us more and it was easier to understand. Also the second poem makes you reflect about what would happen if you lost you lost your mother tongue

  5. Emi Molmenti, Mili Zubizarreta and Mili Alezzandrini says:

    Yes, the two parts are linked because the theme is identity and in the second part is also looking for her identity. When she changes style she is looking an identity. Also it is the same idea because he is talking about language in the two parts. Bhatt is very serious on the poem. No, there is not any homour part but there is a sarcastic part.

    Yes the presentation illustrates the poem because the photos show what the poem is saying. For example, when she says what would you do with 2 tongues. The video shows a tongue with a zipper like if she had two tongues. Although, the writer is talking about the languague not about the tongue you can understand it.

    Presentation 1

    We think that is not a good presentation because it doesn’t shows what the poem says.

    Yes, some qoutations are missing. And some parts of the poem aren’t illustrate. For example, the part that is indian.

    Presentation 2

    We think that it is a good presentation because it shows what the poem says.

    Yes, the presentation is missing some good images to explain. For example, the one of the train, is a bad image to explain she was dreaming about talking in real life with his mother tongue.

    The two of them talks about loosing the mother tongue. The fist one because they invaded them, and the second one because she lived in a different place.

    We like more the second one because the part on indian is really shocking because you can understand that is really hard to talk in a foreign language and also to loose it.

  6. juan cruz y agustin says:

    1) They are separated, and at first it seems that but when we analyzed closed it share the theme and continue talking about the two tongues. Bhatt is very serious an sarcastic when he writes the poem, this gave humor to it. Yes the poem has a bit of humor that makes the poem more interesting.
    2) the poem does not illustrates the poem because in the video it is talking about the tongue as a part of the body and the really sense of the poem is the mother tongue of your language and that you start to move from another country so you change your tongue and have to learn another language.
    3) in the first presentation there is no deep analyzed, this student did not understand the poem and there are a lot of things missing to analyzed.
    In the second presentation it clearly understood the poem and make a lot of analyzed of it and very deep. I understood the poem more when I saw this presentation. For us there is nothing missing on this presentation, all is very clear and complete.
    4) In The two poems the writer talks mostly about the same thing, the mother tongue. In “a different history” the writer talks about India and the cultures from their real country, and also the influence of god in her country. That their trees where sacred and they couldn´t heart them. Also the books are very sacred because you had not to bother sarasvati, so you can´t kick the books or smashed it to the floor, you have to turn the pages slowly. In “search for my tongue” it talks most of the language of his country. That she has lost it and now he has another language and she does not want to get used to it because she missed his tongue and now the foreign has more power. But then she realizes that she always has his mother tongue but it is just in her heart and that she can always speak her mother tongue or mother language.
    5) we liked most the second poem because we understand it most and it is very clear and more expressive an more descriptive of how she feels about losing his mother tongue and she then realized that she always live with her mother tongue.

  7. 1) The first part seems to be very different from the second but if we analyze it closely we can notice something in common like, for example, first talking about Indian culture and later then the destruction of it by Great Britain represented as the oppressor language. Bhatt is very serious and reflective when she writes this poem, because is about her and her family’s history. Although she is serious, in the first part Bhatt uses sarcastic language and creates a humorous environment that then is lost in the second extract.
    2) The video doesn’t illustrates the poem because the video illustrates the tounge which is in the body but what the poet really means by talking about tongues is languages.
    3) That this presentation really understood the poet and transmits the real message the poem has. Yes, because when this presentation talks about tongues and its destruction is reveling the metaphor of native languages being destroyed by conquerors languages.
    4) In my opinion the presentation is very complete because, even though ,many other things can be mentioned it haves the most importan information.
    5) The first thing I take into account while comparing two different poems is analyzing the theme and tone but as both poems share the same theme and tone I take care of the language each poems has.
    6) I liked the most the poem “ A different history” because is the one I understood the most and is the one it left me thinking when I finished it. The part we enjoyed the most is when she said “which language has not been the oppressor´s tongue?”

  8. Paka Mery & Nacho says:

    Both presentations understand and show the metaphor in the poem, explains what the writer really wants to express. But in the first presentation the explanation is too grafic and literary, while the second explains more deeply the extended metaphor and what the wants to transmit with her vocabulary. That’s why I like it more the presentation #2.

  9. Paka Mery & Nacho says:

    1) the two stanzas seem very different because they have different structures, and also in the first she talks about the customs in India, and the second talks about how civilizations are adapted and transformed by the conquerors. Anyway, if you analize deeper you can find a relationship between the two stanzas because a country has customs of the country that conquers, by which “adapts and transforms”. I think that in this poem the writer is in a way sarcastic and ironic, but shes serious and reflective at the same time.
    2)I think that this video ilustrate the poem very literally. In that way the poem loses the sense, beacuse it is full of metaphors and literary terms.

  10. fran okecki y joaco olaizola says:

    1) The first part seems to be very different from the second but if we analyze it closely we can notice something in common like, for example, first talking about Indian culture and later then the destruction of it by Great Britain represented as the oppressor language. Bhatt is very serious and reflective when she writes this poem, because is about her and her family’s history. Although she is serious, in the first part Bhatt uses sarcastic language and creates a humorous environment that then is lost in the second extract.
    2) The video doesn’t illustrates the poem because the video illustrates the tounge which is in the body but what the poet really means by talking about tongues is languages

  11. Fernandez Vidal, Borda and Araya says:

    Literature exercise blog
    Are the two parts of the poem really separate, or have they a common theme that links them together? How serious is Bhatt in this poem? Is there any humor in it?
    1. The two parts of the poem are separated because the first stanza talks about India and its freedom in the past. The 2nd stanza talks about the British conquering India and changing their native language.
    2. Bhatt isn’t too serious while writing the poem. She uses sarcasm in the 1st stanza when she writes that it’s a sin to slam a book down and when she also says that Indian Gods are snakes and monkeys, this means that Gods don’t exist because if they would they would have helped Indian people and the would have never been colonized by Britain.

  12. belen i, agustina, sofia y olvia says:

    1- No they are not really separated, they had the same theme “adopt to new cultures but don’t forget your origins” and “identity, although, in the first part it talks about India and the mother tongue, and she is very ironic with the Gods, but in the second part it talks more about conquering and also mother tongue.
    In this poem she is very serious, very reflective and aggressive. There is a little of humor, especially in the first part, but with some irony, “a sin to slam books down hard on a table”.

  13. Antonia Flores Piran, Delfina Subira and Belen Gay says:

    Are the two parts of the poem really separate, or have they a common theme that links them together? How serious is Bhatt in this poem? Is there any humor in it?
    The two parts of the poem have a common theme that links them together that is searching for identity.
    Bhatt is very serious and reflective but she is also sarcastic although she really meant what she wrote.
    There is no humor at all but she uses irony to express what she strongly believes in, that is to adapt to new cultures without forgetting your origins.

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