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The poems 'Unrelated Incidents' and 'Half-Caste' are both explicit pieces of cultural identity and how these people are looked upon by society

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Comparison of 'Unrelated Incidents' and 'Half-Caste' The poems 'Unrelated Incidents' and 'Half-Caste' are both explicit pieces of cultural identity and how these people are looked upon by society. In Unrelated Incidents the poet draws attention to the way in which television newsreaders normally speak and how the way that we speak affects people's attitudes towards us. In Half-Caste the poet also uses dialect to mock people that use the term 'half-caste'. The theme in Unrelated Incidents is of the correct way of speaking, and an acceptable way of speaking without being judged. The theme is also suggesting whether it is justified to look down on people who do not speak in Standard English. The theme in Half-Caste is similar. It is of whether being of mixed parentage can make so-called 'half-caste' people feel that they have to make excuses for themselves. In Unrelated Incidents, the speaker appears to be a BBC announcer who presents the news in Glaswegian rather than in 'accent less' Standard English. ...read more.

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In the rest of the poem, the spelling has been adapted to give the impression of a West Indian accent and the language also reflects a West Indian dialect of English. The second speaker is good humoured, but very outspoken. The spelling is phonetic so that even non-Glaswegians can hear the accent he intends and the sentences are loosely phrased but are not marked by capital letters. The last sentence is given extra emphasis because it is so short. The structure of Unrelated Incidents is very different to Half-Caste. Unrelated Incidents is set out to look like a news column. It is written in one Stanza without and breaks or pauses. This shows...... Half-Caste is written in four Stanzas. The first and last very short. The first stanza is supposed to be humorous, the second stanza tells us about his situation and what he thinks they mean by saying half-caste. The third stanza is telling the announcer not to be so small minded and the fourth stanza is sort of like a solution. ...read more.

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Another example is personification when it says, 'dem don't want de sun pass'. The pause between thirty six and thirty seven is there to make the point that he doesn't trust them because they don't trust him because he is a half-caste. Also the pronoun 'it' is sometimes left out, as in line nine, where Standard English would say 'it is', not just "is". These changes from Standard English demonstrate that the poem is written in a dialect rather than just an accent. Accents are simply the way that people pronounce words but dialects include variations in vocabulary and grammar. These poems both have very negative connotations to them and they are both trying to convey the same message that whatever they look like and however they speak they are still human and wish to be looked at like that. They do not want to be made to feel inferior because they have a Glaswegian accent or come from a mixed race. I believe that both of these poems are very good models of how we should look at others in society. ...read more.

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