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I am going to compare two poems from diverse cultures. The first is called 'This Is The Six O'clock News'. It is by a Scottish poet called Tom Leonard. A Caribbean poet named John Agard writes the second, called 'Listen Mr Oxford Don'.

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English Diverse Cultures Essay I am going to compare two poems from diverse cultures. The first is called 'This Is The Six O'clock News'. It is by a Scottish poet called Tom Leonard. A Caribbean poet named John Agard writes the second, called 'Listen Mr Oxford Don'. The two poems are not written in a 'Standard English' way. The poem by Tom Leonard is written phonetically for a Scottish accent. The poem by John Agard isn't written phonetically but is still written in a Caribbean dialect. Both poems are mocking people think they speak 'properly' or with Received Pronunciation. When Tom Leonard wrote his poem he knew that people who have a Standard English accent would read it. He is trying to put his readers in his shoes. He is saying that we laugh at him because of the way he speaks. ...read more.

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He makes sure we see this by using the words 'scruff' and 'trooth' many times throughout the poem. There are many stereotypes in John Agard's poem. The first is the stereotype of himself or Caribbean people in general. He is saying that we stereotype all Caribbean people as uneducated and reggae like with dreadlocks. He then uses the stereotype of an immigrant. 'I immigrate...I'm a man on de run and a man on de run is a dangerous one' An immigrant is simply someone who didn't originate in this country coming to live here. But he is saying that we see immigrants as criminals and that they cannot be trusted. Neither poems have usual structure either. They both contain little or no punctuation. ...read more.

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They are trying to tell us that they are persecuted because of the way they speak and that they shouldn't be. John Agard's whole poem is about him being a wanted man. But he is wanted because he doesn't speak with a 'proper' accent. 'Dem accuse me of assault on de Oxford dictionary' He is saying that all he does is speak with a different dialect to other people but because this isn't seen as 'normal' he is committing a crime. The poets know that there is a strong connection between the way they speak and their personal identity. But what they are trying to tell us through their poems is their personal identities aren't just how they speak. There is a lot more to them than just how they speak, and that just because their dialect is the first thing we find out about them, they shouldn't be judged wholly on this. ...read more.

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