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

Nothings Changed and Limbo comparison

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare Nothing's Changed with one other poem in Cluster 1, in relation to the theme of injustice. I have decided to compare Limbo with Nothing's Changed, about the theme of injustice. Both Tatamkhulu Afrika and Edward Kamau Braithwaite have shown in Nothing's Changed and Limbo, that even through the unjust world that is described in the poems, there is still hope which prevails through the misery and despair. In Limbo, the repetition of "Limbo, Limbo like me", shows that even through the loneliness they are put through, there remains still a 'pulse', the constant beat of those two lines shows that the slaves' dance and music, still prevails through what is slavery. The effect created is that through the bad times, there is still happiness which surpasses suffering, and this line still is repeated to the end of the poem, where we know is the end of the bad events, through the saying, "sun coming up" on line 40. ...read more.

Middle

As the poet describes his growing anger at how society is understood in South Africa, and how the punctuation used in those lines, the commas hold a large significance to the poet's exaggeration on those lines. Visually, each line progresses longer than the previous one, which may be a way the poet is to show his growing anger about society. The poet also juxtaposes many of the features in his home of District Six to the new, up-market towns. "Amiable weeds", shows that the poets believe that even the weeds are friendlier than "Brash" environment of the richer areas. The use of "guard at the gatepost" and "working man's caf�" shows juxtaposed opinions of the two different places. As having a guard suggests that the environment is more hostile and that you may be overpriced, while the working man's caf� suggests that it's a more honest and friendly place to eat. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Nothing's Changed, throughout the poem, there are many alliterative words, such as "labouring" and "lungs", which shows alliterative words which increase the resentment and the dislike that the poet has of the "whites only inn". Assonance is used in the poem, in lines 20-22, "weeds", "trees" and "cuisine", which the tone of all these lines relate to the resentment that the poet has of Port Jackson, and how he feels that the apartheid may not have been lifted, but rather having a larger effect on their lives than before. The poet clearly shows his feelings, through relating to Port Jackson as "it", which suggests that it's a hostile and unfriendly place, whilst he relates to District Six as "we" which shows his strong allegiance with his past, and believes that times have not really changed even though the apartheid has been lifted. ...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 Comparing poems 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 Comparing poems essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Compare how the past reveals feelings about a place in Nothings Changed with the ...

    5 star(s)

    This also implies that this is the place where he came from, his origin, his home. Afrika in Nothing's Changed also delivers sad feelings about the destruction of his childhood home. "Small round hard stones click under my heels..........crunch in tall, purple flowering, amiable weeds."

  2. Comparing Not My Business with Nothings Changed and how they demonstrate strong attitudes and ...

    'Nothing's Changed' on the other hand at first, appears to have a much more cluttered structure in the way that it looks on the page. However, when observed in detail, you see the narrator has clever subtle repetition in phrases; "No board says it is" in the second stanza is repeated as; "No signs says it is" in the fourth.

  1. Compare the ways the poems/poet present injustice. The two poems I have chosen are ...

    This gives you imagery. Also "Long dark deck is the silence in front of me" "stick is the whip/ and the dark deck is slavery" gives you imagery to. It shows they are on a boat so there must be water around and it is silent.

  2. In my essay I will be comparing the two poems nothings changed by Tatamkhulu ...

    teardrops, weakened by my soulful cries" It thought that this stanza was on of the most effective; this was because Maya really expressed her feelings and showed her true inner self. Unlike the other stanza's I realized that Maya Angelou never wrote "I'll rise" at the end of the sentence.

  1. Compare the methods the poets use to have an impact on their readers in ...

    She gives personifies water using metaphors as "a voice of a kindly God" creating an impact of reverence and sacredness water is for those people's lives. There is a clear change in tone from the first stanza to the second; where in the first water was to be "imagined" to the liveliness it creates when it has finally arrived.

  2. Debate about the rightful ownership of Australian land through the comparison of

    The persona states "We marveled and admired" which the reader understands is full of bitterness. The persona then uses the word "foreboding" which creates a sense of the fear and violence associated with the forced "civilization" of the Aboriginal culture.

  1. Not My Business and 'District 6' compared.

    The use of 'single rose' at the end of the stanza suggests an upper-class influence. The reader is made to feel anger and disposition to antagonism towards the unfairness and discrimination directed from the white society. The next stanza leans towards the inequality still overshadowing the non-white society, 'working man

  2. Poem Comparison

    "In one [...] And strangled her." When Porphyria is dead Browning describes how 'the lover' was convincing himself that it didn't hurt her. "Quite sure she felt no pain." It is also clear he tries to believe it was Porphyria's wish to be with him forever, "her darling one wish."

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