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Compare how two poets make use of spoken language to present their ideas Unrelated Incidents, by Tom Leonard, is a poem about attitudes towards non-standard accents and dialects and how people are portrayed by the way they speak. In this case, the character speaks in a Glaswegian accent and is pretending to be a news reader, making the point that just because he does not use Standard English, as newsreaders do, does not mean that he is not trustworthy to read the news and tell the truth. Half-Caste, by John Agard, is a poem to object to the term of being 'half-caste', used to mean 'of mixed race'. John Agard objects to the use of 'half' in this phrase because being half of something implies being fifty per cent complete and fifty per cent incomplete. ...read more.


John Agard too, in Half-Caste, has written the poem as a phonetic transcript, directly addressing the readers using his oral tradition and showing off his roots. Furthermore, like Unrelated Incidents, Standard English punctuation and grammar is also disregarded but shows that he can use it, showing an idea of equality. No capital letters are used for names, shown by "picasso" and "tchaikovsky", reinforcing the idea of equality. Both Tom Leonard and John Agard use their own dialectical words and phrases showing that they value their language in following their roots and showing that all accents are equal. Tom Leonard uses dialectical words and phrases throughout Unrelated Incidents showing his confidence is using his non-standard accent and dialect, showing power and mocking the way people are characterised by the way they speak. ...read more.


Tom Leonard catches the reader's attention by referring to them as "scruff" in Unrelated Incidents. People would call the speaker a "scruff" because of his accent but he's calling the reader a "sruff" because of their accent, being very ironic and getting revenge. "Trooth" is repeated continuously too, showing that the truth to him is that all accents are equal but other people may not agree. Being repeated continuously emphasises the idea of the truth and mocks the use of "scruff". John Agard catches the reader's attention by continuously asking to "explain yuself wah yu mean", showing power, in Half-Caste. "Half" is repeated relentlessly throughout the poem, mocking the use of 'half' in 'half-caste' and using this against him as he's two hundred per cent, not fifty which is what half means. This is mocking the way language is used thoughtlessly against people. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dhruvil Tank ...read more.

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