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Compare the ways in which the poets protest about injustice in'Not my Business' and 'Half Caste'

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Compare the ways in which the poets protest about injustice in 'Not my Business' and 'Half Caste' In the poem 'Not My Business' the poet is not so much commenting on injustice, he is waiting for it to happen to him. The poem starts off with violent verbs such as "beat", "stuffed". This shows us already that the message of the poem has something to do with violence and injustice. The title 'Not My Business' is ironic as in the end all that has gone on that "isn't his business" eventually happens to him and so becomes his business. This is known as a circular poem. It also has a sarcastic tone about how it is 'not my business' when really it is. ...read more.

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However, he does use words such as 'yam' which indicates his culture. He uses imagery and violent verbs to convey the overall message like 'stuffed him down the belly of a waiting Jeep'. This personifies the Jeep and the effect created makes it seem more violent. When the poet puts in names like 'Danladi' it once again reflects his culture and makes the poem seem realistic which is good to get his message across. The poet uses Non Standard English to reinforce his re-identity. The poet is from Gujana which is around South America. The use of imagery also helps reinforce this such as 'black wid a white key is a half caste symphony'. ...read more.

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In the refrain there is a question format which challenges the reader. The final refrain shows the need to protest against the injustice in the world, such as 'Danladi .... off to a lengthy silence'. This enthusiasm makes you wonder, prison or death? Who knows? In 'Half Caste' the refrain is more challenging and the repetition of 'ya' makes the reader feel included and even guilty. The poem addresses the reader throughout the poem with personal pronouns. The end emphasises the error of the 'half' aspect of half caste and the importance of identity based on something whole. It's not your skin colour that makes you 'ya', it is the person underneath and the poet thinks you should not judge a book by its cover. Daniel Broad, 11 CO ...read more.

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