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Grace Nichols is an award-winning poetess born in Georgetown, Guayana. After working as a teacher and journalist, she emigrated to the UK.A lot of her poetry features Caribben rythms and Creole culture.
Standard English is spoken and written language that is thought to be clear and correct in both its spelling and grammar.It is the type of English you are expected to use in school.
The word Kyatta-pilla is a cultural reference used in Grace Nichol's poem Be a Butterfly.it means a small, long animal with many legs that feeds on the leaves of plants, and develops into a butterfly
Fufu and pigtail are cultural referencesof the foods eaten in the Guayanese Creole culture.
Writers may use words or phrases that are not standard English to showthe speech patterns of their culture.
Decide if the following statements are true or false.
- This quote is an example of Standard English: "That was de life preacher and you was right"
- In the poem, the word "rivulets" is used to refer to the preacher's very small streams of saliva dripping from his mouth.
- In the poem, the word mahogany is used to refer to skin color.
- This quote is an example of Standard English: "and afterwards we always went home to split peas Sunday soup"
- Siesta, txoko and paella are examples of words that references the Spanish culture.