“Island Man”: A Review of Grace Nichols’ Poem

Grace’s “island” seems to be a metaphor for man.

Island Man

Starting with the first stanza we already notice that Grace Nichols has written this poem in a different structure to other poems. Some sentences are long and some short with only one word in at the start. She talks about an island man waking up on his island we know he is dreaming because she says “island man wakes up to the sound of blue surf in his head”.

In the second stanza she talks more about the island, what is happening there and what it looks like. She talks of the people and animals that live there “wild seabirds and fishermen pushing out to sea”. She then says “the sun surfacing defiantly from the east of his small emerald island he always comes back groggily groggily”. This means that wherever you are and whatever the situation is the sun will always come up and go down therefore, he will always remember his island wherever he is. She says he always comes back, meaning he will never stay in his dream about the island.

The next stanza says “comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheels to dull North Circular roar. She is saying he always comes back from his dream to reality, sadly and not wanting to. Also this is the only part of rhyme in the poem “soar and roar”.

In the next stanza Nichols says “muffling muffling his crumpled pillow waves island man heaves himself” she is saying that he is just on the edge of awaking and the creases on his pillow where he has been sleeping are like waves to him.

Lastly she says “Another London day” this is giving the impression that island man does not enjoy living in London and wants to be at his home in the Caribbean, also there is no punctuation throughout the whole poem, I think that she does this because he will always be in London and the routine that he has dreaming about his island by night and working in a busy City by day will never end so there is no full stops because they mean the end of a sentence.

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  1. amy
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 11:32 am

    i think taht is poem is really good

  2. amy
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 11:34 am

    sorry about the frist comment i done it wrong i wwas ment to say that the poem is really good

  3. dominic
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 11:05 am

    learning about this poem in school. the poem is good for me because i can relate to it in many ways.

  4. tahia
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 7:32 am

    sexy poem

  5. jay
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 5:41 am

    very erm good

  6. S....
    Posted December 9, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Salam. i think this poem is really good but hate learning bout it

  7. joseline
    Posted December 12, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    very interesting poem.

  8. Erin
    Posted December 18, 2007 at 6:20 am

    awk the poem is good!!!!

  9. x-chelski-x
    Posted January 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    i am lerning about this peom in school … i dnt r 01708 441681 eally like it becase i cannot really understand it… i have to compare it to blessing by imtiaz Dharkar …x

  10. nath
    Posted January 14, 2008 at 9:09 am

    poem is preety good like kids;)

  11. toni sheppard
    Posted January 15, 2008 at 6:38 am

    this is like sooo boring

  12. nahman jabber
    Posted January 15, 2008 at 6:39 am

    i think this poem is really sexc like charlotte, huz the luv of my life….

  13. Gareth Jenkins
    Posted January 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    wow

  14. Dean Mclean
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    SUPER POEM DUDE !!!!!!!!!!

  15. lol
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 5:58 am

    ,, (>.

  16. herman
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 5:58 am

    your mum’s so fat that when she wears a yellow raincoat people chase after her and shout “taxi!”

  17. ;D
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 7:36 am

    alright pepper face

  18. :D Its me :P
    Posted February 3, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Great poem !

    A bit hard to understand…!

  19. phill
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 4:15 am

    graet

  20. dirty afghan
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    this poem is too err.. how you say? clean? for me?

    parp

  21. x_ Lauraaa Babiiii _x
    Posted February 27, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I have had to compare it to Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker.. they’re interesting poems but i just don’t enjoy leanrningg bout ‘em :(

    _x

  22. tom f
    Posted February 28, 2008 at 7:39 am

    i love poems and poetry in general. my teacher is the best.

  23. Chaarlote (:
    Posted March 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I think this poem is pretty good, It’s interesting.
    I have to compare it to Grace Nichols’ Hurricane Hits England.

    It’s kinda boring… :/

  24. rachel
    Posted March 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    i think this poem is very insipering and creative the way it is set out.i also think u are a great poet writter.

  25. Emma
    Posted March 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Dus ne1 av an exact copy of da poem wid like da gaps and dedication thing…….? fanx xx

  26. _:)
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 4:29 am

    devd

  27. _:(
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 4:33 am

    nor m8

  28. _:)
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 4:33 am

    yer m8

  29. _:)
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 4:34 am

    ard

  30. _:(
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 4:35 am

    soz

  31. kat
    Posted March 27, 2008 at 4:35 am

    this poem confuses me a little

  32. God
    Posted April 9, 2008 at 8:12 am

    bow to me humble minions

  33. jesus
    Posted April 9, 2008 at 8:16 am

    hello dad, i would like to slam this poets head into a concrete wall. HARD

    Very Nice

  34. mark boi
    Posted April 14, 2008 at 7:51 am

    this poems is one of the easy ones to understan and it is great to contrast with because the poem is easy understood and is is ver good blessing is very good to compare it wih

  35. izabella
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

    this proper good blaaaaaad…i was propa whizzin down dem bus lanes when i read this poem…blattes..omg Pete is sooo mWEIRDD!!!! he sent me an email the other day bladdd!
    ok bye mush..kushti init

  36. italian cowboy
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    i dont appreciate the poem because nearly anyone could write something like that but i liked the review….all my compliments

  37. x
    Posted May 1, 2008 at 6:15 am

    this poem has deeper meanin 2 wot ppl fink it sgr8 nd i can realli undastand ho whe feels 2 lose sumthing he lves so much he dreams bout it

  38. gd gal at heart
    Posted May 1, 2008 at 6:18 am

    i ment this poem has a deepa meanin 2 wot ppl fink nd its gr8 .. 2 lose sumthing u lve hurts nd dat lil island woz his lyf ..jayde

  39. waste man
    Posted May 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    this poem is good but the bad thing is that i have to compare this stupid poem with blessing and that took me 5 pages until i finished it

  40. sarah
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    when was it written?

  41. sav love yu chris (lil midget) sarah littler midget
    Posted May 8, 2008 at 8:05 am

    this poem is amazing i can relate to this poem as i know how it feels to loose something close to you.

  42. LiL midget loves chris elliott
    Posted May 8, 2008 at 8:12 am

    this poem reminds me of the things that mean the most to me like my boyfriend chris he’s my whole world!!!!!!!!!!! love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  43. Terrieeeeee :)
    Posted May 9, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Ey up loovie :)
    the above person is a reeeeet fitte ;p
    she likes phoneboxes (Y)
    xoxooxoxox

  44. oh dear god
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    you must be taking the piss.

    whoever said this poem is hard to understand it’s incredibly obvious, however deep you seem to think it might be and whatever other levels you might find.

    not a very good poem, they only have these other cultures poems to be PC, and to be completely non-racist or stereotypical, honestly the best poems are by far the armitage and heaney ones, along with some of the pre 1914s.
    Vultures is pretty good though.

  45. haha
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    “gd gal at heart”
    seems to know what’s going on here.

    hahahaha
    wankers

  46. LOL
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 9:58 am

    This poem is well sex, like ;)

  47. eeeeeeeeeez
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 11:42 am

    hate this whole section, its borin. teachers makin us make somethin out of nothin. i mean the poet writes about whatever the hell he wants to write about, then theres us havin to make different ‘interpretations’…what the hell for? JUST LET THE POEM BE!!

  48. Deeja
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 8:40 am

    i do like this poem has a really kewl structure lyk da waves in da sea.. even the repitition of da rhyming is lyk the waves of the sea (unpredictable) lol iv read what u lot been saying bout the poems (bad comments) lol i have to admit i felt the same about the poems (some of them i still do) but da deeper meanings (its hard to fynd sometymz) makes u like da poems, well GCSE english paper 2 coming up soon! i hope this poem coems up, got a hunch it will…bye! x-x-x

  49. SmAcKeD oUt DuDe!
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 8:45 am

    deeeeeeja i agreeeee hahahahaha yea its a kool poem! yo every1 i met da poet of dis poem lo grace nichols @ poetry live in milton keynes,she koooooooooool and her husband agard is da shizzle! he was propa sik! woke ad audience ryt oop! lol im gna fail eng so im not gna bother wid all dis n e mre! peace out!

  50. SmAcKeD oUt DuDe!
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 9:20 am

    deeeeeeja i agreeeee hahahahaha yea its a kool poem! yo every1 i met da poet of dis poem lo grace nichols @ poetry live in milton keynes,she koooooooooool and her husband agard is da shizzle! he was propa sik! woke ad audience ryt oop! lol im gna fail eng so im not gna bother wid all dis n e mre! peace out!

  51. abdul
    Posted June 5, 2008 at 3:33 am

    selammm people yarabi sukur doyduysam yuzume tukur
    i fhink this poem iz very gud and educative
    you should learn about tis
    gud luk

  52. JB
    Posted June 6, 2008 at 8:52 am

    dis peom is wicked man

  53. JB
    Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:13 am

    soz i meant poem lmao

  54. Brapp
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 3:08 am

    The poem is interesting… Firstly the stansas are set out in quite a perculiar way… Next the vocabulary is stange due to the made up word… I like it overall because it shows great contrast between the calmness of an island and the hustle and bustle of the city.

  55. dude
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 8:05 am
  56. kjfdydudk
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 8:06 am

    jhkj

  57. Your Mum
    Posted July 1, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Tea’s Ready Children.

  58. lol
    Posted July 3, 2008 at 3:33 am

    gud poem

  59. ryan
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 3:18 am

    ryan jackson

  60. Peaches
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Really kool poem

  61. Jade
    Posted August 11, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Haha I hate homework =(

  62. Kushii
    Posted August 15, 2008 at 5:49 am

    yhyh this poem is alot still

  63. kurd-girl
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Salam..ramadan kareem to all! da poem is really interseting once you get to understand the real meanings of it! hope dis one cums up in da exam inshallah

  64. microsoft sam
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 5:44 am

    ok

  65. ur mother
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 5:45 am

    this poem was so good it made my willy dribble

  66. willy dribbler
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 5:46 am

    mine too :)

  67. fhklngkl
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 10:16 am

    cxfvvafdhsanbgfjmn n jhghhcfjkku

  68. batty man
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I think the poem has a lot of deeper levels and feelings

  69. Smoph
    Posted September 14, 2008 at 6:29 am

    It’s really not that special, it was written by a grown man as well, he should be able to write something as good as that.

    to be quite honest this poem kind of bores me, it’s too simple, the symbolism and choice of language is obvious.

    :/

  70. chaz
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:22 am

    to herman

    dont talk about ur mum like that its not her fault ur so fat when u was born

    oh by da way, ur a minger

  71. doo da
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:28 am

    i hear u

  72. Beckii & Jade & Mezz & Madii & Zoe x
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:30 am

    All Us Girls Are Chillin At Mitchell High =P

  73. sophie plant
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:32 am

    hii charmaine ur the bestest m8 eva sweetheart

    ilu 2 bits

    and this poem is ok i suppose lol

    xxxxxx

  74. champz
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:35 am

    your the best m8 two bbz

    love u 4 ever love champz

    n this poem is so sh1t

  75. saltarna
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:40 am

    oh

  76. Toria
    Posted September 21, 2008 at 6:48 am

    This poem is alright, im studying it in school and comparing it against “I shall return” by Claude McKay. :(

  77. kazza
    Posted September 29, 2008 at 8:26 am

    studying this at school i need info on grace but i’m not keen on the actual poem

  78. willy basher
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 3:53 am

    eat ur crusty nans ass

  79. Alec
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 3:55 am

    Go smoke ur dead nanz ashes

  80. loll
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:02 am

    what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. hello
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:03 am

    hello boys

  82. clit face
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:05 am

    wot up homeys

  83. Adam
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:05 am

    im 10

  84. clit face
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:09 am

    adam :P :P:P:P:P:P:P:P

  85. kim
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:09 am

    wot up up

  86. clit face
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:15 am

    kim oooo sounds nice

  87. clit face
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:19 am

    hello how are u all i h8 pomes

  88. kim
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:19 am

    r u gay or something

  89. clit face ummmm :D
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:19 am

    oooo are how are ya

  90. kim
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:21 am

    your wrong

  91. clitface ummm :d
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 4:21 am

    no im no u maybe:P

  92. ozzy b
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 6:59 am

    this poem is gay man whats this man :>

  93. aaron
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 5:48 am

    sarah carr smells

  94. 11z hello there
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    :)

  95. borrreddd
    Posted October 3, 2008 at 8:24 am

    :/

  96. hornzea school sucks!
    Posted October 3, 2008 at 9:06 am

    //////////

  97. poo
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 6:58 am

    hi
    u

  98. heyy
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 4:39 am

    hey hey i like a lilttle bit of this poem as its intresting and i like reading thing like of shampoos and conditioners thats wat samantha douglas needs for her hair and she needs to brush her teeth and so does kirsty xclarke yip yop yoo
    thanking yoou h for the intrestinds story lololol

  99. ya mum
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 8:33 am

    hiyaa this is crap :)

  100. 4**1
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    has anyone compared this to Presents from my aunts in pakistan by moniza alvi by any chance? if you have can u please give me a brief plan of action

  101. H & K Productions 2008.
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Well, this poem is awful. I expected much better from Grace Nichols. Better Look Next Time. We could have wrote a better poem & were not poets!!! good luck for the future though. Peace Out N-Town! p.s any tips on layouts?

  102. aled (penny) :P
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    i got 2 compare this poem to ‘presents from my aunts in paki stan’ by moniza alvi
    its relly boring i hate coulur imagery

  103. Niall
    Posted October 20, 2008 at 10:25 am

    a lot of help thankyou very much learning this in school this was a lot of help

  104. grace nichols
    Posted October 20, 2008 at 10:38 am

    my poem is amazing

  105. conor drew :
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 3:27 am

    01704 870511

  106. conor drew
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 3:28 am

    call that number for free sex !

  107. conor drew
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 3:29 am

    also GAY MANLY love !!

  108. carshena williams
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    omdaizz we duh an essay 4 dizz aht skool ihts sooh hardd iht gttah b in 4 toohmorrah n i ent started iht =s lOl
    we gttah cpare iht wivv the blessing and what was t like xxx

  109. h@rJ
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Hey, hpe ever1nz ok…
    The whole class done this poem when i wasnt in skool
    so i missed it but fanx 2 u i’ve caught up on it. lol.
    fanx
    x
    GOT MA POETRY EXAM 2MORO!!!!!!!!!!aAaAaAaAaAaArRrRrRrRrRrRrR!
    gUD LUCK WHICH ENY1 HOO HAS IT 2
    X

  110. Me
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Im doin poem in school and been asked to say what tools are being used??? any ideas?

  111. Caisha
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I HAVE MY POETRY EXAM TOMOSZ ASWELL!
    ARRGGH

    GOOD LUCK EVRYONE!
    + thanksz 4 the info (Y)

    x

  112. SMARTER THAN REVIEWER
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    groggily groggily means hung over you we are currently looking at this peom in school and my english teacher told us that grogg is a slang word for beer so intern groggily groggily means hungover

  113. ysgol dinas bran =D
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:22 am

    i think the poem is really nice i love the way grace nichols has put all the words together if you know wot i mean

    cooooooooooooooooooooooool comments

    luv ya bye bye xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  114. ^ me agen lol ^
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:24 am

    loved it xoxox

    bye agen xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  115. lisa
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 4:56 am

    hello klowey/x

  116. adrianna
    Posted November 17, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    im learning this at school and its hard to explicate. lol

  117. boby
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:17 am

    hate it

  118. fred stingo
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:18 am

    im learning this at school and it is crap

  119. Ben jones
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Ben lee are you out there.babe

  120. Benjamin jones
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I’m loving dat deer poems me shagins :D

  121. Marcus. I am not telling u my second name.
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I am learing this at school to and i also think it is crap.

  122. My name is benjamins
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Ohh yess, ohhh yess! :O

  123. Ben Leamon
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 6:53 am

    i love this poem

  124. shl
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 4:36 am

    gdgd

  125. Sam Butler 18 rufford avenue meden vale
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:36 am

    yeah ju 07810841057 st cos u cant touch the sides with yer little mahgot!!!!

    meeee-mooooo!!!!

    lol
    x

  126. .....:)
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:37 am

    yhyh sam ud no all bout dat wudnt u?

    wid yur 2mm!

    slap tweezers out 4 a bash ;)

  127. Sam Butler 18 rufford avenue meden vale
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:38 am

    I reade this poem i think and i think i jizzed my pantie hose
    =$

  128. .....:)
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:39 am

    sam lkes to rub himself up nd down on dem to make him cream

    he showd it me nd i didnt lke it D:

    he videod it n its on redtube n ting!

  129. .....:)
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:40 am

    dats on hard!

  130. .....:)
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:47 am

    leah dnt lke u no mre. she gnna stab u in de eye wid a big rustii spoon n ting!

    I STRICTLY ROOTZ! MAH POP NO STYLE! I STRRICTLY ROOTZ!

  131. sobia
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 11:19 am

    i love this poem im reading it in shool and writing about it.

  132. olivia yep thats me!!
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 11:56 am

    i hate it we are learning it at skl with my crap english teacher and i nearly fell asleep!!
    x

  133. 0_o
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    lol

  134. ****
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    cusu

  135. -Chris-x
    Posted January 20, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Ye im good poem

  136. you dont need 2 know my name
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 11:59 am

    this essay above is not quite good it only describes it doesnt talk about structure, language and themes

    xxx

  137. oliver heald
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 9:18 am

    this poem changed my life

  138. zoe longley
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 9:21 am

    the above boy is big :)

  139. lol chavs
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaa blaaaaaaaaaaddddddddddd
    lol dis plaace is cuvvard in chavs innt
    safe

  140. hey
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    kool poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  141. CHVVHEADDSS ;)
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:45 am

    yeah we is chavs init bladd,
    this poem is safee init bruvv
    SAFEEEEEEEE

  142. jk11darkness
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:49 am

    y am i sooo gayy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  144. jesse mills o stanborough
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:51 am

    y am i sooo gayy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  145. retarted vagina bum
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:51 am

    um, i like gays and sex and bums and vaginas, i think this describes the poem?
    call me! im waiting for you, wearing my bikini made out of sweeties
    call me, my number is 07834432986

  146. Jesse mils of stanborugh school
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:52 am

    girls are iky bum fun all the way

  147. Dirty Afghan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Is riteeeeeeee

  148. zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    iam gay and have a maggot

  149. allan heap
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    mythical lancashire

  150. zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    loves it up his jacksie

  151. tom lavelle
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    i have shagged my sister corina and she loved it, in my mums bed hahaha it was so fun i jizzed all over my dads pillow aswell waheeyyy my number is 07919973211 if eny one wants to prank me feel free :-D

  152. danni kenny
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    i have a 12 inch balck willy on my chin

  153. zach khan of 11H
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    this poem is unbelieveble and really touches my heart, grace nichols must have spent time on this piece its thorugh tireless hard work pieces of poetry like this pay off, the structure of the poem is delighful and the onamatopeic effect of groggily groggly and muffling muffling makes the hairs on tha back of my neck stand up. Grace nicholls wherever you are, please meet me in a roadside motel so we can make sweet love to the sound of mozart like in room 3. I would well and truly muffle you grace!!!

  154. Kim Horner
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    my son jamie shagged alan heap

  155. tom lavelle
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    zach khan wrote all that cause he is a fillet steak ed who takes it up the jacksie haha.. his number is 07825563947 or 07595756154!
    bit of sandra bog eye cant go without a metion, great woman, great woman…

  156. tom lavelle 11h
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    grace nichols….
    will you marry me

  157. danny rimmer
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    i have the biggest spag bol head ever!

  158. Jamie Horner 11H
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    i am gonna wrap my fist riiiiiiight round whoevers head that has done that abaaaaaaar me!!

  159. zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    i have a one inch pinch and i dont know who my father is bcoz my mother sandra is gettin shagged every nyt by sum1 different, mainly robbie metcalf. i dont know wat to do :(

  160. zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    danny rimmer gets porked by russel and hayley rimmer every night

  161. allan heap
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    BARK BARK BARK

  162. sean abraham
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    the last time i had a shower was in 1997

  163. zachary Kahn
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    does anyone know were i can buy a new pair of flip flops for my dad? his old ones are getin a bit dry… I think my mum needs some laser eye surgery aswel, anyone know were she can get it cheap???

  164. pinky and the brain
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    grace, i would like to congratulate you on this truely breathtaking read, we could have done better but that because we are…PINKY AND THE BRAIN BRAIN BRAIN BRAIN, PINKY AND THE BRAIN
    wills gonna get his boyys on you

  165. Lil Kim
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Horny :)

  166. zachary Kahn
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    hey! stop being mean! im goin to tell my mum! :’(

  167. Kim 'shags for a flim'
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I’M HORNEY.. HORNEY, HORNEY, HORNEY !! ….

  168. Charles Torpey of 11H
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    my arm pitts smell like cheesey vommit and also of gouchey hildrey juice just imagine i think everyone will have fun smellin me again for tommorrow! o have no personal hygene and my house has no shower

  169. vamsee bheemireddy
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    i wake up read a book, go to school read a book, come home, read a book,

    saturday err read a book

    sunday err read a book

    never go out
    know everything

    tommy tank all day this is the life

  170. will devine
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    graham i dont no how im gonna break this to you, but i cream pied your mother until she couldnt see any more soz lad, you can flick my ears tomorrow

  171. Alan Heap
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    pi = 3.14159265 gives me a boner omg omg omg serious hard on , im gonna jizz

  172. Judeth
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    BANG! and the grime is gone

  173. zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    i keep nadine under my bed and let her out to play when my mum an dad are in tammys room with her.

  174. tom lavelle
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    has sandra got one eye lookin at leiscter and one eye lookin at chester???

  175. zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    well its kinda more over to manchester really

  176. Alan Heap
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Outdoor Coat Off, Evans how many times!?!?!?!?!

  177. the real zach khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    these are malicious

  178. dj khalid khan
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    no actually guys its one in winchester one in lancaster

  179. zach
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:53 am

    hu ever did the last shout number 195 should be ashamed cos that was a really BAD SHOUT

  180. the boyys of 11H
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:32 am

    come back jamie horner, we love you xxxxxxxxxxx

  181. graham cunningham
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    jamie are u alryt? plesase call me!! xxx

  182. chaz torpey
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    josh, basically ive ragged allison, (Y)

  183. sandra khan
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    how many times do i have to tell everyone, i have one eye in crocky, one eye in tocky

  184. chaz torpey
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    i curdle my mums cheese

  185. tom lavelle
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:37 am

    sandra khan his hung like a shetland

  186. inspector bean
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:37 am

    take your feat off those seats or you will recieve a penalty fine!
    let me see your tickets pleaseeee
    i have a bean head

  187. alan heap
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

    BOGGOTS

  188. evo laa
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

    i covered corina in a fine layer !!! :)

  189. sandra khan
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:42 am

    for some hot sexy talk call 07825 563 947
    lets get it ooooooon

  190. inspector bean
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:42 am

    bad shout kev

  191. Cathy Abraham
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:46 am

    im sorry sean but the only reason i let evo come round all the tym is because when u go to sleep and phil is out, he comes in to my room and shags my brains out until i hang like wizards sleeve because he is hung like shetland.

  192. dianne
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:47 am

    SCREEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAACH

  193. Saffy Kahn
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I love you more than cock!

  194. ASBO society
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 3:49 am

    kevin stop robbin tele’s

  195. mmmeeerrrr
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 4:29 am

    NO!!!

  196. Joel Abraham
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

    i love you more than interracial sex with big black cock

  197. no name
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 8:02 am

    a realy good poem

  198. kev kev a.k.a kevin
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    this is a really really good poem

  199. LZ7 Lover '09
    Posted March 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    ohh yeah. great poem baby !

  200. Sparrowhalk8
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

    u wanna taske my 99 str biatch? fite me on rs

  201. BADDD BAYBEE GRL JAyDE
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:50 am

    oI M8 ME AN ME KRU GUNNER FUK USE UP 2NITE YEH. FUK OFF BOUT ME B/F,,pussi-ole!!!!

  202. bad bald black buff baby buthcer boy
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Oi mate i is so solid and i hated dis poem so much i shanked ma english teacher up propa bad. He was cald Mr fosterz but i done him in so bad he had to leave 4eva and eva. I almost killeded him i did… fkin pussies messin wit me -_-

  203. Gary Glitter
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    wanna know how to get a*. come to my house n i will show you ;)

  204. BAD BWOI luvz Jayde 4eva
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Oi Gari can i cmz 2 urs 2nite 4 sum revision……..

  205. Bad Babe Bolton
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Any of you big boys lookin for some fun? ;) come to my house and we can play world of warcraft together and maybe rnuescape. I can stick my rune long in you.

  206. Gary Glitter
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

    sure thing babe… we can practice your oral ;)

  207. BAD BWOI luvz Jayde 4eva
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

    SAFE m8 howws longz wil it take

  208. Gary Glitter
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I dont know babe we can go to neverland ranch if you want and meet up with MJ? ;)

  209. BADDD BAYBEE GRL JAyDE
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Oi DWain HU’s dis GArii ppl uze spendin 2nite with?

  210. Deal boy donnay
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

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  211. RA RA RASPUTIN
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

    oooo safe bludd! can i bring my sea cucumber for sexy time…

  212. BAD BWOI luvz Jayde 4eva
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:06 am

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    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:08 am

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  214. Tahia
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Nyone got any weed?

  215. Getto Soljaa
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:10 am

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  216. Amy Martin
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    omdaizz we duh an essay 4 dizz aht skool ihts sooh hardd iht gttah b in 4 toohmorrah n i ent started iht =s lOl
    we gttah cpare iht wivv the blessing and what was t like xxx

  217. saruman
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    oi ma baby gal amy… stop flirtin wit these gimps… if you don’t i’m gonna pummel yo white albino ass so hard that you gonna start your period early!!

  218. jimbob
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 4:12 am

    good poem though the literary skill you all seem to feel you wield is poor if not inconsequential to the point of insignificance in your futures

  219. bag ed
    Posted March 30, 2009 at 4:53 am

    ezi pepz

  220. Stephanie-Ann&&Maerie
    Posted April 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    You guys are all really wierd for writing such crap…
    We think this poem is damn awesome
    Studying it for GCSE :/

  221. laura
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 8:43 am

    i like the poem but i dont like learning bout em … i like this poem bkz i think theres so much more to it than i seems theres thaut n exspression..

  222. son sons
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    thanks helped alot with my course work … ctrl + c and ctrl + v lol

  223. graham riddaway
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  224. jake bessant
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

    any1 gt any coke ?

  225. timmy jimmy
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

    jimmy!!!!

  226. jake bessant
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:13 am

    hello every1

  227. dan diaper
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:14 am

    ur gay synette

  228. jake bessant
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:14 am

    muwhahahahahahahaHAH! I LOVE CHEESE ON TOAST

  229. brendon hooper
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:14 am

    any1 gt free food ?

  230. brendon hoopper
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:16 am

    im fat

  231. ben pearce
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:16 am

    i no (:

  232. graham riddaway
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

    heheheheheheheheheeeeeeeeheehe mmmmmmm pie

  233. brendon hoper
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:18 am

    synette is gay

  234. ben pearce
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:19 am

    we no

  235. graham riddaway
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:19 am

    i hate synette

  236. ricky
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:20 am

    i got dumped my a girl cause i am fridged

  237. graham riddaway
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:22 am

    i hate synette

  238. graham riddaway
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

    i love licking peanut butter of my mums bum

  239. abbie
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:26 am

    loves it up the muff

  240. ricky
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    licked out a girl

  241. forida
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    what other culture poems can you compare with this? except for limbo, nothings changed and blessing,

  242. jack
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    dont like poems but this is ok

  243. george
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 8:21 am

    i dont like it !

  244. beth
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    itts hrd to understand

  245. kirdyy, barnsley !
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 8:34 am

    am comparing this to limbo, lol add me on msn, jordiibbii-x@hotmail.co.uk

    thanks x

  246. bill
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 5:16 am

    what a stanza lol

  247. Grace Nichols a.k.a Islam Man
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I S L A M Thats all u need!
    d t a T E Boyz and Girls
    e r n t a and my numba is 0121DO1
    a u g t n no but really im grace nichols
    c u i i
    t a d n
    u g e g
    r e
    e

  248. ehsan saddique
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Idea
    Structure
    Language
    Attitude
    Meaning

  249. Marc
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    It’s worrying that you are all going to have to take an English exam…
    Good luck, you’ll need it.

  250. josh
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 11:45 am

    if handsome were a crime i would be guilty!!”

  251. Your Mum
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I Dont No What To Put

  252. Swingggg
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Hmmmm, its weird that their are so many irrelevant comments on this poem.
    I didn’t really enjoy reading it, however, I found that the Blessing was quite eye opening, and I found it quite interesting to read.

    I think I feel that I have to open the eyes of England.
    So this means that I am hosting extra revision practice for all those who think their gunna get a “dirty” mark.
    Up for it? Open for all sexes.
    Bring extra material and toys with you for a total swing!

    I live on:

    45 Gellimore Ave.
    Solihull
    West MIDLANDS
    B91 4GQ

    Be there on the 25 th of June, and please reply using this address :)

    Love you all x x x x

  253. don
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    i live in rochdale, im 15 and i go to the school balderstone technonolgy college. i\’m learning about this poem written by grace nichols. in the class, i wrote a postcard and wrote about how london was (dull) and how the caribbean was (nice and sunny). please can u help me. thanksxxxxxxxx

  254. mahn
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    raami poem… lmfaoo… :( exam tmrw…oh! :S I NEED GD LUK PPL… pray i do wel… (Y) Fanx…!

  255. TK
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    i wud hve spokn about dis poem in d examz 2day bt i didnt realli knw much about it..well der iz nuthin i cn do bt nice poem :)

    ladiez i luv u xx

  256. emma
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    i like the poem :)

  257. Cassia
    Posted November 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

    ooo look a poem!!!!

    lololololol

  258. Cassia
    Posted November 15, 2009 at 10:35 am

    this is sooooooo gay!!!

  259. Zishy
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

    It’s a very good poem which shows the difference between the island and London.

  260. iiLY
    Posted June 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    This is a poem that I love. It has so much layers that makes you think and consider, is this where we belong?

    Good luck for exams people. I got mine tomorrow. Hope this poem comes up.

  261. billon
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

    suck my pinga wing

  262. James young
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    this poem is horrible.. xoxxxx

  263. Meabh daly
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

    i love emmett crozier.. very sexy boy ;) xx

  264. malisa sookram
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Malisa Radikha Sookram
    Posted November 12,2010 at 4:07pm

    your poem is very very horrible and not sounding nice can you imagin my acrostic from my name is better then that.

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  265. iykesan
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 5:57 am

    hi

    its a great poem as it explores the beauty of the cultures

  266. iykesan
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 5:57 am

    hi

    its a great poem as it explores the beauty of the cultures

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