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Compare the way John Agard, Tom Leonard and one other poet express feelings of anger and injustice. Think about the use of rhythm/rhyme, imagery (metaphor/simile), sounds, presentation, use of dialect and humour.

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Some of the poets in the two clusters show feelings of anger and injustice. Compare the way John Agard, Tom Leonard and one other poet express such feelings. Think about the use of rhythm/rhyme, imagery (metaphor/simile), sounds, presentation, use of dialect and humour. Each of the authors uses different methods to display their anger or annoyance at something. In "What were they like?" which is about the Vietnam War involving the communist north and capitalist south. The poem is written unlike most other poems as if she author was giving an interview with one of the people affected by the war. Each of the questions is about the Vietnamese people's traditions, culture and their livelihood and each one is answered with a bitter answer. The answer to the first question is about how the war turned the Vietnamese people bitter or left them dead and that it left them with no memory of their past. This is shown where it is written "Their light hearts turned to stone" and "It is not remembered whether in gardens stone lanterns illuminated pleasant ways" The second answer is about ...read more.

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Finally the answer to the sixth and final question it says "There is an echo yet of their speech which was like a song. It was reported that their singing resembled the flight of moths in moonlight. Who can say? It is silent now." Here it saying that the people of Vietnam only left an echo which may be counted as singing and that is all that there is left because they are all gone. The poem is comparing two different periods in it before the war when everything was peaceful and after the war when everything was left in ruins. Metaphors such as "their light hearts turned to stone" and "When bombs smashed those mirrors" Also "their singing resembled the flight of moths in moonlight is a simile and "moths on moonlight" is an example of alliteration. Words like scream and smashed are also examples of onomatopoeia and the person answering the questions don't answer with humour but with sarcasm as he or she is clearly annoyed at what has happened and maybe towards the questioner. ...read more.

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The poem "Half-Caste" is much more relaxed than "Unrelated Incidents" because the author is being sarcastic and poking fun at the idea of people calling someone a half-caste. He says things like "When yu say half-caste yu mean when Picasso mix red an green is a half-caste canvas" which is a metaphor and "Ah listening to yu wid de keen half of mih ear" saying that he should only listen with half a ear of that Picasso painted only half a canvas. The poem is full of uneven sentences with some much longer than others and none rhyme until the end where the words understand and hand, dream and dream along with shadow and tomorrow rhyme. This helps build up the ending where he says "but yu must come back tomorrow wid de whole of yu eye an de whole of yu ear an de whole of yu mind an I will tell yu de other half of my story" as if this poem is only half of it and that the writer has more to say but has left you to think about it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mitul Patel 5P ...read more.

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