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By comparing 3 to 4 different poems show how you have learnt about American Cultures, Issues and way of life.

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By comparing 3 to 4 different poems show how you have learnt about American Cultures, Issues and way of life. There are many issues covered within the poems that I am going to focus on: Mending Wall, Copperfaces, Right on: White America and Theme for English B. These poems cover many aspects of the American Culture including Racism and past experiences in America between the races. Mending wall was written in the early 20th century whereas, Right on: White America and Theme for English B were written in the 1960's. Copperfaces was written in 1936. Although Copperfaces was written 30 years before Right on: White America, it still shows that there are similar attitudes of prejudice and discrimination in American society. There is a difference however: in the 1930's it was the Red Indians that were the victims. The 1930's poem is aware of the discrimination against many ethnic minorities whereas 30 years later the Black Americans have become the victims. ...read more.

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People still have attitudes from 'Cowboy and Indian' times but it shouldn't be like it any more as everyone is equal. People want peace and equality and they think the way to gain this is to fight. Gunshots are still flying; nothing has changed from pioneer days. Again the tone becomes sarcastic. The poet criticises the self-righteousness of racists. This poem is not clearly structured-free hand-no logic and suggests the free-flow of the narrator's thoughts. The other poems are more organised and have a clear pattern. This poem is speaking for the blacks in society whereas the other poems talk about rural America. This one is more about urban America as this is where most blacks live. American society is very multi-cultured. We need to bring people together with no more walls. Robert Frost wrote Mending Wall and it is a narrative poem set in rural England. At a glance it seems to tell the story of two farmers whom meet at spring to rebuild a wall that divides their land. ...read more.

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For example the college is on Harlem Hill so that the White people that attend it will be 'above' all the coloured people that live below. This could have a symbolic implication. He feels part of Harlem; he feels that he fits in. He feels that he is just the same as others. He cannot pretend to be white and he is instructed by a white teacher and that they are both similar because they are both American. He still feels that the teacher has more rights because he is white. At the end of the poem you are told that this is his assignment and that this is what he feels society feels about him and the way that he fits in. America is a very multi-cultured society and will only survive as a nation if all the races co-operate with each other rather than build barriers between each other. They are all Americans, whether they originated from England, Germany, Spain, Ireland etc and what ever their religion. They must break down barriers and not try to keep them standing. ...read more.

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