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Nothings Changed - Describe the irony of the title of Tatamkhulu Afrika's poem

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Nothings Changed Describe the irony of the title of Tatamkhulu Afrika's poem Nothing's Changed. In this coursework, I am going to write about the irony of the title of Tatamkhulu Afrika's poem Nothing's Changed. I am going to achieve this by going through the poem and picking out important points, like how his familiarity of the place hasn't changed etc, and explain these points and relate them to being ironic to the title. We assume that the poet has been away from this place for a long time at the beginning of the poem. The poet then informs us that the place was District Six. Even though no board said it was District Six, he recognizes the place. This could be because District Six was like a part oh him. Therefore we can see that even though the place may have changed physically, his familiarity of the place has not changed. "no board says it is by my feet know and my hands..." ...read more.

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This has still not changed as whites still rule over the blacks. "whites only inn" The structure of the next stanza is anomalous. The stanza consists of only two lines. If we look at the structure of the poem, all the stanzas are approximately the same length, except from this one. This makes these two lines stand out and has a lot of effect on the reader. From these two lines we can see that the poet is trying to express something. "No sign says it is but we know where we belong" These two lines are actually referring to the whites only inn. The poet is trying to say that even though no sign says it's a whites only inn, but the blacks know they are not permitted. It's the internal feeling in them, which differentiates them. So maybe the place has changed physically, signs may be been taken out, but the blacks and their position of worth in the society has not changed as yet. ...read more.

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The poet begins the stanza with: "I back from the glass, boy again" This shows him backing from reality to how he was before during the Apartheid era. He was an outsider then and still remains as one. The poet has a desire for weapons, like during Apartheid. He wants to destroy the reign of whites over the blacks so the desire for weapons and hatred towards the whites still do exist in blacks. He wants to cause pain to the whites as to reflect to what they have caused for the blacks. The poem then ends with: "Nothing's Changed". This shows us the poet's conclusion. Even though the place has changed physically, apartheid is over, signs are taken out, people are free to go wherever they wish to- there is still segregation, discrimination, hatred and envy between whites and blacks. In conclusion, his familiarity with the place, segregation between whites and blacks, meanness and envy of a child, desire for weapons and anger towards the whites still haven't changed. District Six may have changed in a physical sense, but his feelings towards the whites haven't. ENGLISH COURSEWORK- NOTHING'S CHANGED MOHAMED HUSSAIN ...read more.

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