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Assignment on Poetry from other Cultures and Traditions Ever since life on Earth started it has been closely linked with suffering. Sometimes, against their will people hurt each other. All people have values of their own, dignity or pride, money or power, beauty and attractiveness. Depending on the individual depressing these values may lead to very strong feelings. Throughout history some of the best pieces of art have been influenced by the creators thoughts. Suffering is one of those feelings. In this assignment I will try and look inside the suffering that has led to the writing of these poems... Many women that left their homeland, in the 1860-80s, saw 'new life' in the face of New Zealand. They were taken up there by ships, and the only information about them was from the records. Those women left behind their past, to start a new full of expectations future. In those records there is a girl, Charlotte O'Neil, who is listed as a 'general servant'. Fiona Farrel chooses her as a leading character, to sing a song about her feelings and thoughts, in her play Passengers. Her song is only set in two tenses - the past and the future. Like the song reveals, the job involved everything, from opening the front door, to emptying the chamber pot. In the first verse the girl tells us all the work she had to do for her master. ...read more.


Charlotte is leaving her master to cope with all the duties on his own and she refers to this as revenge. Final lines are: ' And I'll eat when I please and I'll sleep where I please and you can open your own front door.' Throughout the song she repeats this twice. It obviously means a lot to her that she will at last be responsible for her own actions and she will not be dictated or restricted in any way. The whole last verse seems to be sung with rage and pure happiness. Since now she is on board of the ship to New Zealand, she believes all her suffering is over. Jejuri, India. Poverty is a well-known companion to the people in India. Unemployed, elderly people cannot live on a pension. Seeing starving children around and realising that the last days of their lives are going to be spent begging is suffering. 'An Old Women' by Arun Kolatkar is reflects this suffering. Arun Kolatkar puts us in place of the tourist in Jejuri. This makes the situation seem more real and lets the reader experience it more personally. In the second stanza he introduces an old beggar woman that just want some change. In return she offers the tourist to take him to the horseshoe shrine. ...read more.


These words show how much has the estate changed since it has become only for white people. 'No sign says it is: but we know where we belong.' These words are very important. This is where he tells us about his suffering. Although there is no sign confirming that the inn is 'whites only', he knows he wouldn't be allowed in there. On basis of his classification, 'coloured', he has to go and eat in the cheap caf�. Down the road, working's man caf� sells bunny chows.' ' All the memories from the past come back to him, when he was a boy and wanted to smash the glass of a 'whites only' inn. 'Hands burn for a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass.' Although when he returns to his home place, there is already a new government that has promised to change this division between the population, he realises that 'Nothing's Changed'. It will take many years before the antagonism between the different races is overcome and this painful to accept. These poems bring up some important issues, about equality, poverty and racism. In the way they are written they keep the reader interested and involved all the time. All three poems present different situations, in different places and with different backgrounds. The only thing that brings them so closely together is the strong feeling that inspired them. This common feeling is suffering. ...read more.

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