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How effectively do Tatamkhulu Afrika and Chinua Achebe both convey their feelings and attitudes towards society?

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How effectively do Tatamkhulu Afrika and Chinua Achebe both convey their feelings and attitudes towards society? Tatamkhulu Afrika and Chinua Achebe both effectively convey their feelings and attitudes towards society in [A S 1]many ways. In this essay I hope to discuss the way both poems have managed to covey their personal feelings, emotions, thoughts and protest against the reality of living in Africa during the 1900's. If we compare the background of each of the poets we see that their backgrounds were very similar. Afrika was born in Egypt in 1920. He migrated to South Africa and was brought up by white farmers. He worked as a professional solider, a shop assistant, a barman, a drummer in a jazz band and a copper miner in Namibia. All of these jobs are jobs thought of to be low paid, disgusting jobs. He was arrested twice for an uprising in 1964 and for terrorism. He lives by him self in South Africa and has written many novels and poem describing his life. Afrika's poem, "Nothings Changed," is about the life of coloured people in South Africa. ...read more.


Metaphors are also used for description such as the description of where he lives, "amiable weed." The weed cannot be friendly, it is a metaphor this tells us that in his mind they are the flowers of his life but yet they are weeds. Another poetic device he uses is onomatopoeia in the first line to describe how it feels to walk on untarmaced road. The poem states, "click," which describes the sound that you would hear. Finally Afrika uses repetition and rhyme to keep the poem moving, "labouring of my lungs." This is an example of alliteration which is used by poets to rhyme. Achebe doesn't use as many language features as Afrika he dose use some. Alliteration is used on line 46, "icy caverns of a cruel heart," which gives the statement a better image. From this paragraph we can tell that language features and poetic devices are used in both . Both poets use imagery in their poem to give the reader a deeper understanding. In "Nothings Changed," imagery is used to give the reader a hidden message in the poem. ...read more.


They have, "plastic" furniture, no handkerchiefs and it can't be changed because, "it's in the bone." Whereas Achebe's poem is very different. A vulture symbolises a beastly scavenger. One who dose not work for his or her food but steels it instead. This maybe the point he is arguing. The whites could be the vultures. Other symbolic statements Achebe makes include the chocolate which is a luxury food. This paragraph has explained the symbolism in each poem. We learn that both poems use symbolism to express their emotions. If we compare the two poems symbolism we find that they both manage to covey similar statement in completely different ways. This essay has explained how each poet has effectively managed to convey their feelings and opinions. The essay has disgusted the similarities between the backgrounds of Achebe and Afrika and found that their poems argue similar points against racism in Africa. When compared to other cultures such as our culture we find that their lives are very hard and punishing. This essay has also covered the use of language, form and symbolism to give a well arguable case into the culture of both the poets. It is even hard to believe that such things happen in the World today. [A S 1] Peter Luetchford English Coursework 01/05/2007 Page1 ...read more.

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