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"Telephone conversation" by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly" by U A Fanthropeboth deal with discrimination. Compare and contrast the ways each poem deals with this issue.

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"Telephone conversation" by Wole Soyinka and "You will be hearing from us shortly" by U A Fanthrope both deal with discrimination. Compare and contrast the ways each poem deals with this issue. In this essay, the two poems that will be discussed are "You will be hearing from us shortly" and "Telephone conversation". "You will be hearing from us shortly" is by U A Fanthrope and "Telephone conversation" is by Wole Soyinka. Wole Soyinka was educated at the University if Ibadan and at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. He became the first African and the first black writer to win a Nobel in literature. U A Fanthrope was born in London and educated at Oxford and became Head of English at the Cheltenham Ladies College for some years. Both poems are based on the theme discrimination but they discuss different types of this issue. "You will be hearing from us shortly" is based on various types of discrimination, including age, appearance, accent, education, background and marital status whereas" Telephone conversation" is about racism, in terms of colour. Discrimination is when you judge a person before you know them. Someone who judges another human being is seen as prejudiced. The categories that will be discussed for each poem are the subject matter, the impression given of each of the characters, the tone, the use of language and the form of the poem. The poem "You will be hearing from us shortly" is about a person being discriminated against in an interview. The issue of discrimination is conveyed through the interviewer asking the interviewee firstly about his or her age. This is shown when the interviewer asks "Now your age. ...read more.


The man say's "West African sepia-and an after thought, down in my passport." The man confuses the landlady and puts her in her place. This would embarrass the landlady. The massage that is given is that it does not matter how dark or light a persons skin is, they should not be discriminated against for it. The tone of both poems, "You will be hearing from us shortly" and "Telephone conversation" is both sarcastic but the victim in "Telephone conversation" is making fun of the landlady's attitude, who is discriminating against him. This tone of sarcasm by the African man is shown when he say's "soles of my feet are a peroxide blonde." This answer is very humorous and ridiculous. It makes us agree with the speaker and we are able to see his view. In "You will be hearing from us shortly", the tone of the interviewee, who is the victim is not angry. The interviewee makes one word answers the whole way through the poem in a calm and disbelieving response. For example, "Yes, pity." This response suggests the interviewee is not confident and he or she is submissive. The victims tone of voice in "Telephone conversation" is not submissive and polite, but his response shows he is angry, therefore, he shows sarcasm. This is shown when he say's "by sitting down-has turned by bottom raven black." This response suggests the man is very angry and very sarcastic which the victim's tone of voice should be. A shocking atmosphere is created between the man and the landlady. The mans response really insults her and it makes us feel amused. The tone of the interviewer's voice in "You will be hearing from us shortly" is arrogant and pompous. ...read more.


This word is used on its own like "Disturbing" in "You will be hearing from us shortly". "pleaded" suggests the man is desperate for somewhere to live. In "You will be hearing from us shortly", the fifth section discusses the interviewee's accent and education. The interviewer asks a rhetorical question "Were you educated?" Enjambment adds to the tone. "Handicap" is a very offensive word to use as it is associated with not being capable or stupid. It is also seen as a term of abuse. The sixth section becomes even more insulting. Alliteration is used in "dubious desire" and "domestic disasters". Disasters are used to describe a war and the word emphasises the interviewer's sarcastic tone. The adverb "vaguely" also adds to the sarcastic tone. There are twp separate lines at the end of the poem that suggests that the interview is over. "So glad we agree" suggests that the interviewee is looking totally humiliated. This shows how extreme the discrimination is. The speaker has criticised everything from the application form to the fact that this person was ever born at all. In "Telephone conversation" short phrases are also used like in "You will be hearing from us shortly". "Button A" shows the man is nervous about the telephone call. "Red booth" suggests the man is describing the cheap tourist attractions of London. In my essay, I have shown that both poems deal with discrimination by their tone, use of language and form. In "Telephone conversation" is shown in terms of colour and "You will be hearing from us shortly" deals with discrimination of qualifications, age, appearance, accent, education, background, where the person lives and marital status. I think that both poems deal effectively with this theme. In "Telephone conversation" the person discriminated against is looking for somewhere to live. In "You will be hearing from us shortly", the person is trying to get a job. ...read more.

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