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Half Cast and Nothing's changed essay

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Poetry from other cultures essay. How is theme of racism explored in the two poems that you have studied? In this essay I will be exploring, comparing and analysing two poems that explore the theme of racism. The poems that I have been studying are "Half-Caste" by John Agard and "Nothing's Changed" by Tatamkhulu Afrika. John Agard was born on 21 June 1949 in British Guiana (now Guyana). He moved to England in 1977 where he became a touring lecturer for the Commonwealth Institute. Now he is a famous poet and playwright. Also he is the author of many children's books. Tatamkhulu Afrika was born in Egypt in 1920 and moved to South Africa as a young child. He published his first novel at the age of 17 and many more after that. He died on the 23rd of December 2002 at the age of 82. My comparison and analysation of the two poems will be portrayed in the paragraphs below. "Half-Caste" is a poem about racism towards mixed race people. The correct terminology of "Half-Caste" is mixed race. The poet is trying to provoke a response through emotion, from racists by directly attacking them in this poem. In the poem "Half-Caste" a mixed race person is directly attacking a racist through words. ...read more.

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Both poems convey the message of anti-racism. Tatamkhulu Afrika has broken up the poem into crisp and short stanzas. There are 7 stanzas of which 5 consist of 8 lines each. The 6th stanza has been split up into 2 thus creating a 7th stanza, whereas, in "Half-Caste" the poet John Agard doesn't have many clear stanzas. In 'half-caste' Agard starts of the poem by poking fun at the term 'half-caste'. He uses sentences such as 'standing on one leg' indicating that because he is 'half-caste' he is only half of what he is meant to be. Another way that he pokes fun at the term 'half caste' is by using symbolism such as; 'in fact some o dem cloud half caste till dem overcast' implacing a very weak pun on the term caste and cast. Agard ridicules the term by showing how great artists mix things. Such as when Picasso mixes colours; "yu mean when picasso mix red an green is a half-caste canvas/" , and Tchaikovsky mixes black and white keys in his symphonies; yu mean tchaikovsky sit down at dah piano an mix a black key wid a whit key is a half-caste symphony/" . These quotes show that he is expressing his emotion towards racism through the use of a metaphor. ...read more.

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However, they are both similar as they both don't implement much rhythm and rhyme. I think the poem 'half-caste' was written so that the poet could convey his feelings of racism towards mixed race people and express it out loud to the world. He also wants his culture to be known to the people as he doesn't want them to be racist towards his culture. The poet feels very sensitive about this topic as it is something that he wants to be changed as he is being affected by what is happening in the poem. The title of the poem helps me to understand it because it is what the poem is mainly about. In the poem 'Nothing's changed' Afrika wants his opinions on the apartheid to be expressed to people so that a change can be made. He wants to change the tradition that has been going on in the past few years so that everyone is equal. The poet is very sensitive to the subject as he is conveying his emotions through the poem, indicating emotional use. The title helps me to understand the poem because it is the main message that is going through the poem. My personal response to the poems 'half-caste' and 'Nothing's changed' is that everyone should be treated equally no matter their colour and creed. ?? ?? ?? ?? English essay ...read more.

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