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Compare the two poems, "Nothings changed" by Tatamkhulu Afrika with Charlotte O'Neil's song by Fiona Farrell.

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Compare the two poems, "Nothings changed" by Tatamkhulu Afrika with Charlotte O'Neil's song by Fiona Farrell When comparing the poems, 'Nothings changed' and 'Charlotte O'Neil's song' we see that they are set in different time periods and in different cultures. Charlotte O'Neil's song is set in the 19th century whereas; the poem Nothings Changed is set in the 20th century. However, despite this they are both autobiographical accounts about the injustices and inequalities of their own respective cultures. In effect, both poets are protesting about their life. The narrator of 'Nothings Changed' is a black peasant living in South Africa, and the narrator of 'Charlotte O'Neil's song is a maid serving a master in England. In 'Nothings Changed' the language of the poem is written in the present tense and although he is recalling the past, it is as if the poet is re-living the experience as he writes. Tatamkhulu is protesting about the differences in the way that black and white people are treated South Africa. He begins the poem in a calm mood, his description of the way he walks down towards where he use to live, tells ...read more.


The word 'squats' is not as though it were sitting, but as though it were occupying the land illegally. 'Incipient' means imported, thus saying the trees from the local area are not good enough so they had to get imported trees. The inn is also saying that to the narrator that it is too good for him and other coloured people in the area, it's almost as if the inn has a bad attitude towards coloured people in the area, as would the white people do who built the inn and those who run it. Comparing it with Charlotte O'Neil's song, it begins with comparing what it is like for her and she makes comparisons between the lives of how the rich live and how the poor live, "You lay on a silken pillow. I lay on an attic cot. That's the way it should be, you said" So she is saying that you are comfortable and I am not and it is similar to Nothings changed as there is a rich/poor divide where the poor are classes as lazy and worthless but as for the rich they were hardworking and ...read more.


So she is able to get out of her situation. Both narrators have both chosen to protest about different inequalities with words, and they do it well. The narrator in 'Nothings changed' protested about the difficulties faced by black people in South Africa, he bitterly recalls the injustices of racism and argues this situation has not changed. The narrator for 'Charlotte O'Neil's song' protested about the inequalities which faced by the poor in 19th century England. Both poems are similar, in the way that they both talk about hardship and horrible injustices in the human society. However, the narrator for 'Charlotte O'Neil's song', has a positive ending, the reader can celebrate charlotte's defiance and independence as she is about to escape the known bad and exchange it for a possible good future. By contrast, the narrator for 'Nothings changes' could not escape his situation whatever he did, just because of the colour of his skin. There is one definite feeling that both poems are talking about the same thing. injustice. They are poems that raise and to a degree complain about issues related to their cultural orgins, but which could be universalised living in todays world. People today still face problems with inequality, racism and injustice. ...read more.

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