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How do Seitlhamo Motsapi and Tatamkhula Afrika portray apartheid in their poems 'Andif' and 'Nothings changed'?

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How do Seitlhamo Motsapi and Tatamkhula Afrika portray apartheid in their poems 'Andif' and 'Nothings changed'? The apartheid was a time between 1948 and 1990's. Apartheid is an African word meaning 'separateness' this was not just separation between people but it was racial segregation. The apartheid was invented by the national party it was a way to cement their control and economic and social system. The aim of the apartheid was to maintain white domination while extending racial segregation. The apartheid had major effects on black people in the country. Blacks had to carry identification and passports in their own country. They were not allowed education but only what they were allowed to have but this was very limited. They needed permission to enter white areas. In public areas, they had designated areas that they could use like car parks and public areas/facilities. They got jobs like slaves serving the whites. If they even tried to stand up for themselves, they were met by violence. The blacks had to stay in their own areas called 'Bantua'. The blacks had lost their freedom and rights. There was even a ban put on marriages blacks could not marry whites. ...read more.


Leading to bleeding they don't want it. Another defiant line in the poem is 'vengeant warriors' it just shows why they don't want to let it go they want revenge for all the misery and pain that the whites caused them it is still in them they are angry with the whites for taking advantage of them and taking their freedom away. They are also being stubborn to the whites 'Obstinate roar rage of the ocean' it just shows they upset and want to make noise and protest they want something doing about the treatment they got off the whites. There is also language of hope that they will be free soon from the apartheid. 'Eternal holler of hope' this tells us how they desperate are for freedom they are crying and shouting for their freedom back but they still believe they will be free sometime. There is a sense of hope at the end of this poem 'Andif' 'dreams and hymns for all of us' it is showing they want freedom they believe they will get it. 'Dreams' and 'hymns' are to do with happy things and they say this will be 'eternal' ever lasting giving the idea that they still have faith that one day they will be happy forever. ...read more.


There are many sentences with the noun 'glass' in it glass is known to be a symbol of separation and the apartheid. 'I back from the glass' says he moved away from it showing lots of glass it shows they don't get on and the apartheid was literally invisible but it was still there. In these poems there are a few similarities like the writers of these poets were both Africans who had been through the apartheid. They had first hand experience with the whites and they know what it was like. In both of these poems black people know where they belong and where to go they and they know they have to stay in their areas. The black people are being shown to know the apartheid well and it is like it's been there through out their lives. There are a few differences in these poems 'Andif' there is hope that the apartheid will be over soon but in 'Nothings changed' there is no hope of freedom. In addition 'Andif' it's a direct attack on white people blaming them and it focuses on them. In 'Nothings changed', it does not talk about the whites and mock them but it is more on the lifestyle of blacks and whites it's a mix explaining both lifestyles and how they lived. ...read more.

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