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Look We Have Coming to Dover! Summary & Analysis
by Daljit Nagra

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"Look We Have Coming to Dover!" is the title poem from Daljit Nagra's prize-winning 2007 collection. A dramatic monologue spoken by a new immigrant to England, it portrays a group of immigrants' first years in the country—from their dangerous arrival, to their under-the-table jobs, to their wistful hopes for the future. The speaker highlights the struggles of immigrant life: the lack of official documentation, the difficulty of finding work and housing, and the threat of violence and deportation. But the poem's sparky, inventive language suggests that immigration is a revitalizing force, offering immigrants' adoptive countries fresh energy and fresh perspectives.

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