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"Here is a poet who won't stay silent". Discuss and compare three key poems written by Benjamin Zephaniah. Explore the cultural influences on his poetry, the message and the techniques he uses to impact upon his audience.

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"Here is a poet who won't stay silent". Discuss and compare three key poems written by Benjamin Zephaniah. Explore the cultural influences on his poetry, the message and the techniques he uses to impact upon his audience. Benjamin Zephaniah is a Rastafarian dub poet who was born in Birmingham in the Handsworth area in 1958. His full name, Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah, is Christian, Jewish and Muslim. Benjamin considers himself to be a citizen of "England and the world". Benjamin left school at the age of 13. His first book was published when he was 22, it was called pen rhythm. First of all I will look at his poem, I Have a Scheme. ...read more.

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His performance made this poem even better. The next poem I will be looking at is the "Stephen Lawrence Poem"; he was inspired to right this by the family, as they approached him and asked him to. I think his ideas came from the fact that the murder was racist, also I think as the investigation was flawed this caused a public outcry, which Benjamin felt very strongly about. My last point on his motivation is his past experiences with the police have been rather negative, as he discussed in his performance, such as when he was arrested, and also his cousin, Michael Powel, died in police custody. ...read more.

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There is points in this poem which come across quite bitter and sardonic, such as in the 4th stanza were he says "The academics and the super cops struggling to define institutionalised racism..." by saying this he shows the audience that these people pretend to know what they're talking about but they don't. In the 5th stanza he says "We are not talking about war or revenge We are not talking about hypothetic or possibilities We are talking about where we are now We are talking about how we live now" This is using repetition to get his point across and is effective as the audience get the point from the repetition and take it in better. ...read more.

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