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Not My Business is written by Niyi Osundare a Nigerian man whose first language or mother tongue is English. In my perspective, the basic plot of the poem portrays the struggles of living in a country where the dictating government

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Oral English: Cultures - Poem Assessment Selected Poem: Not My Business They picked Akanni up one morning Beat him soft like clay And stuffed him down the belly Of a waiting jeep. What business of mine is it So long they don't take the yam From my savouring mouth? They came one night Booted the whole house awake And dragged Danladi out, Then off to a lengthy absence. What business of mine is it So long they don't take the yam From my savouring mouth? Chinwe went to work one day Only to find her job was gone: No query, no warning, no probe - Just one neat stack for a stainless record What business of mine is it So long they don't take the yam From my savouring mouth? And then one evening As I sat down to eat my yam A knock on the door froze my hungry hand. The Jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn Waiting, waiting in its usual silence. ...read more.


There are also examples of Enjambment, because the ends of the lines within the stanzas don't end with commas or full stops, but instead it continues down to the next line, until finally ending with a full stop on the phrase before the repetition. Stephen (Pace / Mood): The pace of this poem is somewhat slow and unhappy. The first three stanza's seem to be as if it someone reporting some bad news, however the repetition at the end of these three stanzas sounds more apathetic and more personal, as if saying who cares as long as it doesn't happen to me. The final stanza has a slower pace, as if it is more real, and as if its happening now and there's nobody to help him. The stanza's before the repeated chorus also can sound a bit aggressive, especially with emphasis on words like 'stuffed' 'beat' and 'booted'. This helps add to the brute of the 'authorities' and how they mishandle the different characters. ...read more.


The reader would probably predict the repetition here but when they see its not there they take more notice of the particular stanza. It creates a twist in the poem, making it more serious and more real. In this verse the lawn is described as bewildered, this is because he is uncomfortably puzzled at the sight of the jeep and knows his time is up. Also, the part in the poem it says his hungry hand froze, shows us that something serious has interfered with his life. The food that is meant to be going into his savouring mouth is delayed and leads the readers to believe that the authorities are finally going to affect him and take the yam from his savouring mouth. The repeated verse can't be repeated here because the yam has been taken from his savouring mouth. Overall this last verse helps echo the metaphorical point that the suffering of other people in Nigeria cannot be ignored, and just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean it won't. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stephen Lucas 10MP English Mr.Lowe ...read more.

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