• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare how "Strange fruit" and "Not my business" portray violent acts

Extracts from this document...


Compare how "Strange fruit" and "Not my business" portray violent acts: Poetry is a form of art and it can rhyme or be used to express one's feelings. The two poems I will be focusing on are 'Strange fruit' and 'Not my business'. 'Strange Fruit' was written in 1930 by a poet called Lewis Allen. The poet of 'Strange Fruit was a Jewish teacher who was from New York. In contrast the poet of 'Not my business' however was by a man called Niyi Osundare who was a Nigerian man but on the other hand his mother tongue was English. Both these poems have a purpose behind them and their purpose is to give equal rights to everyone because of al the racism, sexism, homosexuals etc... The poets want to inform the world of what is happening around us that we do not realise about! In this essay I will compare how 'Strange Fruit' and 'Not my business' portray violent acts. "Strange fruit" and "Not my business" are both similar in the way that they both talk about suffering which people receive in both different parts of the world. ...read more.


helps us to be calm; but then suddenly it describes and the mood changes with describing of the smell of the vile flesh. This is called juxtaposition. Here the poet first plants refreshing thoughts in our mind then unexpectedly changes the thoughts; this shock tactics are used in this poem which will help the reader to feel more sympathy and also this will help the reader take more notice and for the lines to stick in people's mind but also to show us that these were the actual images of the Southern states of America before it was polluted with Black bodies hanging form the trees. This has an intemperate effect on you to see the effects of these events. But also here it is being shown that from this beautiful scene and how suddenly these bodies have changed the scene unexpectedly. These are some of the ways that Lewis Allen portrays violence. "Not my business" also uses its language to be able to portray violence. In this poem rhetorical questions are used to portray violence. "What business of mine is it as long as they don't take the yam from my savoring mouth?" ...read more.


In conclusion the two poems: "Strange fruit" and "Not my business" both portray violence in these five ways I have explained throughout my essay. The morale of the poem was to inform people to open their eyes to their surroundings and stand up for others rights but also that through the poems help could be given to victims. I believe that the most important way violence was portrayed in these poems were through the language that was used in the poems. This was because they were easy to understand but helped us to be involved by creating the images of what was happening in our own special way. On one hand both poems were identical in the way they portrayed violence through emotive language and words which stuck in the readers mind so they would have empathy. But on the other hand they portrayed violence in two different ways by the structure of the poems. "Strange fruit" uses rhyme at the end of lines to help words stay in the readers mind like 'mouth and south' but "Not my business uses a sudden change in the layout of the poem to show change and differ in the poem which leads to violence. In this essay if explained how both poems portrayed violence and their similarities and differences. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. Invisibility in I, Too, Sing America

    The blacks had stopped dreaming (singing) of America and had become part of it. One of the biggest problems facing the narrator of the novel is that he is not accepted as a citizen. He too, wishes for a more equal country where any black man with the same potential can make it as far as any white man.

  2. Nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and I am not that woman by Kishwar Naheed ...

    Repetition of the pronoun "my" reinforces his personal experience of this place. Therefore, Afrika makes his argument by using imagery of the features of his body parts. A feeling of loneliness is created by Naheed. For instance, "Not knowing, that light cannot be hidden in darkness."

  1. never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts and the Lie

    When walker uses the simile "grins like a God" this creates a sinister image again, because a God is meant to be good, high and mighty, yet men like this break women's hearts. People also believe and trust in God this makes it seem like a man like the one

  2. This commentary is based on an extract from the Penguin hardback edition of the ...

    Then in the final paragraphs the narrator remembers Hahn 4 his past experiences with the physical act of love and how much pleasure it provided him. Now "it annoyed [him] that Boy had her," although he doesn't want her but he wants to simply find someone to love his disfigured body.

  1. Compare the ways in which the poet describes things in Vultures and Night Of ...

    So he starts following the lead of the neighbours and goes completely against his own values. All the things he tries to do to help his wife is a comparison with the usual rationalist approach to his life. The poet is not impressed at this point.

  2. Compare and contrast The Flea(TM) by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress(TM) by ...

    and all our sweetness, up into one ball; and tear our pleasures with rough strife' He's almost saying that they should roll into one, don't wait for anybody or anyone else and to go for it while we still can.

  1. Seamus Heaney : Comparisons

    as the poem says ' I almost love you', this gives us the impression that he sympathizes with her but also at the same time thinks she got what was coming to her, you see this through the 'almost'. On the hand the next line go into a deeper meaning and is a biblical illusion.

  2. Analysing And Contrasting Two Poems

    This emphasises the hard work the men carried out. The "pneumatic grip" is a compressed air grip, which is a heavy-duty piece of machinery used in the logging mill. Throughout the whole poem, Yusef Komunyakaa has used nature to create a contrast between a strange and mixed atmosphere.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work