• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparison of the poems Half-caste and Not My Business.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Half-caste and Not My Business Essay John Agard and Niyi Osundare have both written poems that protest about events or attitudes of people. Agard is From the Caribbean where the population is made up of people from lots of different races. Therefore he is used to being around people of mixed race and will know from first hand experience how horrible it can be to be called only half a person. Osundare has got a good point to make here which is that if people see something going on that is wrong but does not directly involve them, they should do what they can to stop the wrong doing rather than leave it as it may well be them someday and there could be no one to save them. ...read more.

Middle

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me." The statement is by 'Pastor Martin Niemoller' it is very much like the poem 'Not My Business' not only because of what is said, but also because of how it is structured. In the first three stanzas what is happening is happening to someone else, not the narrator. However in the last stanza what is happening is happening to the person in the story, either 'I' or the Narrator. In 'Half-Caste' The poet want us to realize that the term is such a stupid one and he wants the people who use it to realize this and change their attitudes towards people of mixed race. Also the structure of the poem is good as he uses humour at the beginning to catch the reader's attention and then explains the stupidity of the term. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is also indented and therefore shows distance from what is going on in the paragraph. This use of language is a good way to show this distance. This poem says a lot about people's cultures, not only Nigeria, but people are like this all over the world, and it says a lot that people won't stick up for what is right just so long as it does not bother them. Both of these poems had a lot to say and they have said it in a strong and down to earth kind of way. The first used humour to get people's attention and then had a go about the term 'Half-caste'. However the second just used three examples and then showed that a problem will get much worse if it is left and oppressive regimes are not nice things and people need to stick up and fight against them! Tom Force Page 1 5/7/2007 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Agard: Half-Caste section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Agard: Half-Caste essays

  1. Outline the significant features of the Caste system, and Comment on the criticisms made ...

    their huts the subject to arson attacks: she tells a BBC correspondent: "the parents of children that go to the same school as my daughter did this...they hate us and may come back again."5 Politically speaking the dalits are legally equal to any other higher caste Hindu, indeed in the

  2. Diverse Culture essay

    so to get the most beautiful human you could mix black and white people. Bhatt starts her poem in the second person: You ask me what I mean This is very direct and personal. This might not make sens if the reasder did not know the title of the poem:

  1. Poem Comparison-Half Caste and I am not that Woman

    The people who are "normal" are mentioned though "chains" and "walls of stones." These things are associated with bad and unpleasant things, where as a fragrance is linked to good and sweet things. This emphasizes the idea that the people doing the discriminating are in the wrong, as they are

  2. Comparing three poems from different cultures

    always seems as if John Agard wants the readers to respond to what he says but because of his hectoring tone the reader believes that they cannot. On the contrary, 'Island Man' has a pessimistic feel to the poem throughout.

  1. Poems From Other Cultures

    * Is someone who is called a 'half caste' only half a person? The poet asks the listener to begin to think in a more open-minded way. The structure of the poem is five stanzas of varying lengths. The lines throughout the poem are quite short, perhaps to hammer home the message.

  2. Using the poems 'Telephone Conversation' By Wole Soyinka and 'Nothing Said' by Brenda Agard ...

    Brenda Agard's 'Nothing Said' does not give us this insight, but instead tells a factual story which affected many black people in the early 80's. Agard uses a more typical poem structure within eight short stanzas, using rhyme to help her poem flow.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work