Compare and contrast two poems that contain different representations of school pupils.
‘Comprehensive’ is a representation of a comprehensive school, in the way that the diverse mixture of cultures are included in the poem. Each pupil has a different life and culture, and the pitfalls of comprehensive schools are clearly shown by the way in which each pupil is represented.
The first pupil is African, and homesick, and is not happy in England. It seems as though she misses her culture, and feels as though she is being stifled by the British culture. This is also true of ‘In Which The Ancient History I learn Is Not My Own.’ The boy represented in this poem is homesick, and also feels stifled by the British culture, due to the fact that he is being almost forced into it, thus not allowing him to enjoy his own Irish culture. The teacher wants him to learn ‘The English Kings, the famous battles and God’s grace in History’ which causes him to begin to forget his own History, which he is desperately trying to hold on to.