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Both Chinua Achebe and Tatamkhulu Afrika explore the dark side of human nature in the poems: "Vultures" and "Nothings Changed" By closely referring to the language and structure of both poems, compare the way the poets present their concerns

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Both Chinua Achebe and Tatamkhulu Afrika explore the dark side of human nature in the poems: "Vultures" and "Nothings Changed" By closely referring to the language and structure of both poems, compare the way the poets present their concerns Both of the poets are trying to explain the evil that can go on in people's minds and how race and colour can make huge differences in the way that people can be perceived. They do this in very different ways and as both of the poets had very different backgrounds, they bring their own experiences into the poems. Whilst Afrika is an Egyptian and as such was of mixed race, he was raised as a white man so that he would not suffer some of the racial abuse that exists in Egypt. Chinua Achebe on the other hand is a black-African and was not that badly treated. He was born in 1931 and was very well educated. He was kept away from the racial abuse and in his poem he has tried to make the reader decide on what was happening. He has not told the reader what to think, unlike Afrika, he has let the reader judge for himself. In the first four lines of Afrikas' 'Nothing's Changed' the poet has tried to make sure that you feel relaxed, using calming words and images such as 'Seeding grasses' and 'Round hard stones click'. ...read more.

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Referring back to Afrikas poem, in the second paragraph I think that from the lines 'District six' and 'No board says it' I think that maybe the poet knows this area well. I also think that when he says about the way that every part of his body knows where he is and what he is doing, that his body is almost 'turning on' for battle. I have a suspicion that from the words 'inward turning anger' that maybe some of the things in district six he was to blame for. As we know that he used to be actively involved in protest, maybe district 6 was one of his 'targets'. Perhaps the way the anger is focused on himself maybe he blames himself for what happened there and some people were killed because of his actions. In the following paragraph you start to get a true feeling of what the poem is about. You can get the feeling of oppression that is ever present in the world. From lines such as 'brash with glass', 'up-market' and 'whites only inn', you can start to see that the black people were very poorly treated and that they were probably annoyed. The white people have all of this luxury and it is solely the domain of white people only. I think that all of that pressure could have driven Afrika to terrorism. The next two lines of the poem are set in a separate paragraph to try to emphasize what is being communicated in the lines. ...read more.

Conclusion

Being the same line as the title also helps to show that everyone is different and that not all people will see this poem as a way of expressing his feelings, rather a poem with no meaning. To compare these two poems you must realise that they are talking about the same kind of thing. One of the major things that they are both talking about is oppression. The oppression in some of the African nations and the oppression from the days of the war. However, when you start to look at the poems in much greater detail you get the distinct feeling that even among all of this hatred and greed for the white people, there is still a tender and a loving side to them all. Both poets go about their mission in different ways, however, they both achieve the same goal in the end. I think that the goal of both poets was to show that the world is not as rosy red as some people believe that it could be. Most people in the western world have no idea what goes on in the real world. These poets have tried to enlighten the reader and tell them that life is not all TV and Safety, there are some places that can't do that, and everyday is a never-ending struggle for life. Matthew Abraham English Coursework 30/04/2007 Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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