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Analysing poems - Another life and the Lament of the Banana man.

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Analysing poems The poems I have chosen to write about are Another life and the Lament of the Banana man. The style of writing in each poem is very different but the contents are very similar. Both poems are complaining about their new life in a place like Britain and how they wish they could be back in Jamaica. These two poems are written by black people and they both include situations of racism. Here are my views of the two poems: - The title Another means to me a different time or place a different way of living a completely different way of LIFE. The first verse is about the happy days back in his "OLD" life. He starts off the verse with "Remembered in flashbacks particular flavours or smells" This means that he remembers the old days and remembers the life's smells or flavours. This gives the impression that it is a relaxing peaceful place where there are no worries. ...read more.

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It gives you the impression of Racism and abuse. He uses the words "fuck off Niger" in a strong powerful way it also attacks people due to the powerfulness of the sentence. The next verse says that he goes into "hateful pathetic fits" this suggests that he gets stressed about all this abuse and racism and to nurse these hurtful feelings he remembers the old happy life. He remembers the time when his uncle stepped on an alligator bridged across a ditch he said they "pained with laughter". This gives an impression of happiness and fun. The title the Lament of the banana man gives the impression of a sad expression of grief. This poem/song is a follow up of the song of the banana man. This poem is written in a completely different way to the poem Another life it has got slang English in it. The poem is about a man originally from Jamaica but has moved to England to make some money. ...read more.

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The weather in England must be very different to the weather in Jamaica so he is bound to complain. The next part goes on to talk about Racism it says "I don't mind white people starin at me, dey don' want me here? Don't is deir country" You can now see the similarity between the two poems they both include racism. He then says that he wont cry any homesick tears if I don't see Jamaica for a thousand years, I think again he is being a bit sarcastic because of course he is going to miss Jamaica. The end part says that he can't go back to Jamaica now but he wants to die there anyhow. To me both of these poems are very sad and meaningful and bring up a lot of views the main point in each poem I think is being black, and all the racism. Both these poems have been enjoyable to analyse them. ...read more.

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