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Poetry From Other Cultures I am going to compare the two poems 'Half-caste' by John Agard and 'Unrelated Incidents' by Tom Leonard. I will compare the two poems and state what they mean and what the poets are attempting to say. The first poem 'Half-caste' is about someone who is trying to explain what some people think that half-caste is but he has taken a humorous but serious tone to writing the poem. The Second poem 'Unrelated incidents' is someone attempting to make fun of the BBC newsreaders by speaking as a newsreader but in his own Scottish accent instead of Received Pronunciation (a neutral accent). Firstly the languages used in both poems are written phonetically, this means that they are not written in 'text book English'. ...read more.


However 'Unrelated incidents' does not rely on the reader having any sense of imagination because it only requires you to listen to be able to understand the message he is trying to put across. There is also a large amount of metaphorical language used in 'Half-caste' such as "wha yu mean when yu say half-caste, yu mean when Picasso mix red an green" This means that why do people refer to half-caste as a negative thing, when Picasso mixed red and green he was seen as great, not inferior. 'Unrelated incidents' does not use much metaphorical language in his poem maybe because he just wanted the people to listen to his message plainly and simply and not give them to much time to think. ...read more.


Both poems also contain a distinct lack of punctuation, especially 'Unrelated incidents', this may be once again because he wanted it read fast and he wanted it to be to the point. In conclusion both poems are very similar in the way of punctuation and the phonetic way of writing used but they are very different in the way that one poem leaves the reader time to think about what he has said and the other is made to be read fast and directly to the point. Also the metaphorical language used is very different due to on poem having a huge amount of metaphors but the poem also has stanza breaks to allow you time to think about what he has said and the other poem has virtually no metaphors of any description. Glen Mountjoy ...read more.

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