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Poems from different cultures - Half Caste, by John Agard.

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Poems from Different Cultures Poetry is used by writers' world wide to express them. Many of these poems are very negative and show it in the use, and misuse, of language. Other poems are more positive. Poets often use their work to express difficult situations. 'Half Caste' is a good example of this because it portrays the writer in a negative situation that the writer expresses his opinions about. 'Unrelated incidents' is a similar type of poem with a varying, but overall alike problem. The poem 'Not my business' is a more literal poem. The poem is similar because it shows the poet in a difficult situation but the way the poet expresses himself is completely different. In Half Caste, by John Agard, the difficult situation is one of prejudice. ...read more.


This is effective because to create a good painting an artist will probably have to mix colours, Agards point is that paintings with mixed colours are any worse so why should he be. He uses similar imagery using British weather and Tchaikovsky to prove the same point. The constant use of such imagery shows the reader the difficult situation rather than describing it, in Half Caste the writer uses it to show why e hates prejudice and by doing so tells the reader the prejudice he suffers. . Not my business also uses imagery, but the imagery is not as subtle and more literal. The poems starts with imagery of brutality "beat him soft like clay". The imagery is very violent and suggests constant repetitive beating. The few words say masses; "soft like clay" suggests broken bones and tenderness. ...read more.


This simple use of dialect says many things about his views on his stereotyping. He is rebelling against people who want him only to act English and people who are prejudiced against him. The use of dialect says that if English people discriminate against him then he will discriminate against the English language. "Unrelated Incidents" also uses dialect to show a difficult situation, this time the dialect is Scottish and its use is obvious. By using a Scottish dialect the writer instantly shows the difference between him "scruff" and the 'BBC' accent he is opposed to. The difference in dialect shows the prejudice Leonard claims to suffer. The prejudice is not one of a different culture but one inside Britain. He is saying by using dialect that no one trusts him, or other Glaswegians because of their accent and their home. He says this in the poem as well by saying "if a toktaboot thi trooth lik want to yoo scruff yi widny thingk it wuz troo". ...read more.

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This essay is well written and well structured and the writer makes an effort to explore and explain his reactions to the poems.
More quotes are needed throughout to support comments made.
In places words and phrases are repeated and alternative synonyms need to be found.
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