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Comparing poems 'halfe cast' and 'nothings changed'

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In this essay I am going to compare the way the theme of racism is dealt with in the poems 'Half caste' and 'nothings changed'. I will analyse the poems and then compare them. The things I will be comparing are the similarities and differences, the layout and also the use of language. I will be looking at both of the authors Tatamkhula Africa (Nothings Changed) and John Agard (Half caste) intentions and then decide which one of the poems I think is most effective. I am going to begin with a comparison of the purposes of the two poems. Nothings changed is about a black man looking back at his childhood and realising that 'nothings changed', he is upset about this as although segregation is said to have gone, he feels as if it is the same as before. Half-caste is about a mixed race man who is asking for an explanation for why they are treated like half a person. He refuses to be called half-caste as he finds it offensive. ...read more.

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Here Tatamkhula expresses himself through metaphors and he does so continuously throughout the poem. John's use of language happens to be really strong. He shows straight away that he is extremely angry. An example of this is that he said could have said you can come back tomorrow and listen my other half of my story if you want, however instead he demands the reader 'yu must come back tomorrow'. The 'must' emphasises that the writer is serious. Both of these writers use different type of writing to express the way they feel. Tatamkhula effectively uses metaphors to compare what he feels like and what other people are being treated as. John's strong use of language makes his poem more effective as he is showing exactly how he feels in the first instant. Both writers' intentions are similar. They both want the reader to think about and understand what they are going through. They want these problems of racism to stop. Tatamkhula writes about what he sees and feels. An example of this is when writes 'I press my nose to the dear panes'. ...read more.

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He then adds further 'Wipe your fingers on your jeans' this shows that he is used to doing this, and yet is proud of doing it. He is not ashamed to express the way he is living and feeling. Both writers express their anger continuously through out the poem. They obviously want things to change, and want to be treated equally as everyone else. They express there feelings in form of a poem which they want people to take notice of, and maybe if they are the ones who are causing or doing something to make them feel like this, they would want them to stop instantly. In my opinion I strongly believe that 'Nothings changed' is far more effective. I think this because it expresses more how he feels and what he is going through. Although 'Half-Caste' also expresses the writers feelings it is not as effective. This may be because Tatumkhula uses many examples of what he feels like and how he is treated differently. ?? ?? ?? ?? Comparing the way Racism is dealt with in the poems 'Half caste' and 'Nothings changed' to see which one I consider more effective. ...read more.

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A very good essay which analyses both poems in detail and uses well selected quotes to support arguments. Good use of topic sentences and the essay is well structured.
The writer clearly shows that they understand the poets' intentions and intelligently analyses the poems.
More detailed language analysis needed in places. Some typos - needs to be proof read more carefully. Remains focused on question.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 10/05/2013

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