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

I have chosen Half-Caste and Nothing's Changed because both discuss the issue of racism.

Extracts from this document...


I have chosen Half-Caste and Nothing's Changed because both discuss the issue of racism. Half-Caste is about the subject of treatment against mixed race people being one himself. Likewise Nothing's Changed is based on discrimination, deliberating about non-whites and whites being treated differently. However John Agard comes across in a sarcastic method and Tatamkhulu clearly shows his anger and opinion in an angry mood. Both Tatamkhulu Afrika and John Agard portray racist attitudes as a unlawful punishment because of only their ethnic group. John Agard is a mixed race individual who wrote about the half minded people who think and use the word 'Half-Caste'. On the other hand the poem Nothing's Changed is about the whites and non-whites in the area called District Six in the period of which apartheid was alleged to be over. Both express anger, Nothing's Changed more than the other. John Agard expresses his point across in a humorous characteristic. Each poet is talking about the same issue, racism being the issue in this case but express their ideas and attitudes in different and similar ways. 'yu mean when Picasso mix red an green is a half-caste canvas', and 'yu mean when light an shadow mix in de sky is a half-caste weather'. ...read more.


'linen falls, the single rose' and 'take it with you, eat it at a plastic table's top' are quotes taken out of the 5th and 6th stanza which describes the two eating places. He develops this anger through the poem to the last stanza showing his feelings. On the other hand Half-Caste has more of an unusual structure. All the stanzas have no similar numbers of lines, ranging from three to twenty six, although the structure does complement the poem. The second stanza being twenty six lines gives numerous examples of the different things in the world being a mixture. Following that the third and fourth build up to the short fifth and sixth three line stanza turning round the poem showing that it isn't him that is half a person but the ones that are biased are. Both structures of the poem are quite different but both do use the structure as a climax. Both poems create different moods maybe because of the period of time. Also Nothing's Changed is more serious. Half-Caste has both a humorous and questioning mood. 'Ah listening to yu wid de keen half of mih ear' makes you think that it is ridiculous and wonder they are not half a person. ...read more.


It is also in a Caribbean dialect. John exploits the phrase 'Explain yuself wha yu mean'. He emphasises his point by having a none stop twenty six line stanza which clarifies all his various fusions in life which are a mixture like 'half-caste canvas'. In contrast Nothing's Changed uses the structure as a approach to get his key features at certain points. 'No sign say it is but we know here we belong' is isolated into a two line stanza. John Agard in a manner has an absolutely different way of expressing his key points. In conclusion both Half-Caste and Nothing's Changed has very serious issues in which they write about. Both being from the party in which are being attacked. Being from different time periods makes it slightly diverse. Tatamkhulu has been influenced by his culture and background in the way that there were only non-whites and whites in that particular area. Taking that into consideration most non-whites would have despised all whites thinking all of them would be against them so the anger in his poem would explain that. Whereas John's culture and background does have some bearing on his opinion but he in fact knows that not everyone would think of him as half a person to another human being or any other mixed race individual. ...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. Marked by a teacher

    How are anger and frustration presented in 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Half-Caste'?

    3 star(s)

    'ah rass', the word is defined as an expression of disgust and is from the language patois.

  2. Compare and Contrast Search for my tongue and Half caste.

    "half of mih ear", "half of mih eye", he will only offer them half a hand when they meet him as he has no respect for them. He reflects that when he is asleep he only closes half an eye and produces half a shadow and this reminds us of the contrast between black and white.

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

    In the Rig Veda the Purusashutra myth conveys the origins of the caturvarna: - "When they divided man, into how many parts did they divide him?...The Brahmin (priests) was his mouth, the arms were made the Kshatriyas (princes/warriors) His thighs the Vaisyas (common people)

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

    However, the difference between the two poems is that, in "I am not that Woman," the person stayed strong and is succeeding despite it; where as the other person is struggling along complaining that it is not fair, and as explained in the previous paragraph, questioning why they are being treated like this.

  1. Study the way in which 'Half-caste' and 'Nothings changed' display their attitudes towards racism ...

    His (John Agards poem) tone and words are very comical and carry hints of sarcasm (and sometimes more than just a hint). He uses sentences like this very often 'explain yuself, wha ya mean, when yu say half-caste', the tone in this quotation is straightforward, harsh, and very sarcastic.

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

    The following lines inform us of the feelings of the black citizens, and the use of bold lettering heightens the message, "THIRTEEN DEAD NOTHING SAID" This also attributes to the imagery of the march, and the reader could view this rhyming couplet as a chant.

  1. Afro-Caribbean Poetry.

    The second half of my pair is "I love me mudder". This poem is about how Benjamin Zephaniah's mother came from Jamaica on a boat called Windrush. Many people came from Jamaica because they thought they would have a better life than the one they all ready had.

  2. I have chosen to compare the poem

    half-caste person and I don't think I will use this term so lightly again. I also felt sorry for him but the main feeling that I felt was pity, as he must feel like he is half something and half something else, for example half Indian half English He would

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