Compare and contrast two poems about prejudice -

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Michael Broadhead

Compare and contrast “Telephone Conservation”

And “You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly”

As poems about different types of prejudice

Comment on whether they have succeeded

In making you think about prejudice.

The poems “Telephone Conversation”, by Wole Soyinka and “You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly”, by U A Fanthorpe are both about prejudice. The former poem is to do with racial prejudice and the latter is to do with social prejudice. The two poems are different in many ways. The first poem is an application for accommodation and the second poem is a job interview. Soyinka’s poem is a Dialogue within a monologue where as Fanthorpe’s poem is just a monologue. Also the tones are different the former poem has a shocking tone to start with but a mocking tone towards the end, while the other poem is extremely rude. The characters in the former poem are a white landlady and a black man and the characters in the latter poem are an interviewer and a possible interviewee the genders are unknown which helps highlight the fact that this can happen to anyone.

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The language in both poems is easy to understand neither have many difficult words and only Soyinka’s poem uses metaphors and similes. The poems use questions for emphasis as well as for humour. In Fanthorpe’s poem the interviewer is very rude using questions, “Were you educated? We mean, of course, Where were you educated?” but in the former poem questions are used for sarcasm “You mean like plain or milk chocolate?”. These examples show how rude, funny or serious the poets are trying to be. However rudeness can be shown in different ways like by using Caesuras as is shown ...

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