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Analysis of Dis Poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked In ?Dis Poetry?, Zephaniah portrays many ideas about his opinion on poetry, and he also portrays his personal experience with poetry, and how poetry affects him as a person. Through his poem, he aims to break many of the stereotypes surrounding poetry, and how it should be something that is accessible to all, rather than just the elite or well-read One of the main ideas that Zephaniah portrays in this poem is that poem is all about ?freedom of expression?, and that it is meant for everyone. He initially writes how ?dis poetry is not Party Political?, which could be used to suggest that poetry is not meant to affect the real world, and should be taken too seriously, but is instead simply something that everyone can enjoy. ...read more.

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everyone should be allowed to enjoy whatever poetry they like, not depending on their background, and this ?LUV? possibly is used to show Zephaniah?s love to these other cultures. Zephaniah also suggests that, in his opinion, poetry does not necessarily need to have any sort of structure or seriousness. He states how it is ?not designed fe dose who are critical?, which is used to show that the poetry should just be accepted as it is instead of being over analysed and scrutinised. In addition, he states how ?no big words [are] involved? and that ?pages of written words? are ?not needed?, showing that he believes that poetry is all about the meaning behind the words, as well as the ?riddim? rather than how it is presented or structured, and the fact that there are ?no big words? shows how poetry should be accessible to everyone, not just those who are well-read. ...read more.

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He also writes how he ?chants in de morning, in de night and in de darkness?, suggesting that poetry is a part of his life throughout the entire day. The change in structure and rhyme during this part of the poem could also possibly be symbolic of how poetry takes over his mind and behaviour, and how this is essentially a ?stream of consciousness?. This is further compounded upon through the way in which he states ?when I am talking to meself in poetry I talk, showing how poetry is now part of his mind. However, alternatively, it could also be used negatively, and that Zephaniah?s emphasis on poetry has resulted in a change of his personality. Overall, Zephaniah uses this poem to some what break the stereotypes about poetry, that it is only meant for those who are wise, well-read and analytical, by instead portraying how it should be accessible to all, and it is unnecessary for poetry to be so serious. ...read more.

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