Both Chinua Achebe and Tatamkhulu Afrika explore the dark side of human nature in the poems: "Vultures" and "Nothings Changed" By closely referring to the language and structure of both poems, compare the way the poets present their concerns
Both Chinua Achebe and Tatamkhulu Afrika explore the dark side of human nature in the poems: "Vultures" and "Nothings Changed" By closely referring to the language and structure of both poems, compare the way the poets present their concerns Both of the poets are trying to explain the evil that can go on in people's minds and how race and colour can make huge differences in the way that people can be perceived. They do this in very different ways and as both of the poets had very different backgrounds, they bring their own experiences into the poems. Whilst Afrika is an Egyptian and as such was of mixed race, he was raised as a white man so that he would not suffer some of the racial abuse that exists in Egypt. Chinua Achebe on the other hand is a black-African and was not that badly treated. He was born in 1931 and was very well educated. He was kept away from the racial abuse and in his poem he has tried to make the reader decide on what was happening. He has not told the reader what to think, unlike Afrika, he has let the reader judge for himself. In the first four lines of Afrikas' 'Nothing's Changed' the poet has tried to make sure that you feel relaxed, using calming words and images such as 'Seeding grasses' and 'Round hard stones click'. Those words bring about a mental image of a meadow, calm with nothing wrong anywhere. It uses repetition of 's' sounds and gives
What does the poem 'Nothing's Changed'
Cara O'Toole 11P English Coursework. 20/09/2004 What does the poem 'Nothing's Changed' Have to say about identity? How does Tatamkhulu Afrika convey his ideas? This is an autobiographical poem The word 'identity' the characteristics that make you who you are, everyone is an individual and unique, this is expressed through peoples culture and tradition, Culture is a way of expressing your identity, for example what music you like to listen to and what you enjoy, tradition is used to reinforce your sense of identity. Afrika was adopted at an early age, he grew up not knowing his biological parents.Afrika grew up in a white home, growing up as a white South African, meaning he got treated better, as Apartheid was in place and the law at that time, but as he grew up, Afrika learnt that his father was a black man, meaning he would have been discriminated against, had he grown up with his biological parents. Afrika wanted to pay tribute to his heritage , his early background, culture and tradition by pretending that he is a fully white blooded person. Afrika is proud of his black origins and has changed his name to show that he is partly black. Afrika often describes throughout the poem how disgusted he feels about the way black and mixed race people are treated. The poem opens with monosyllabic words;"small, round, hard stones click" this shows how he is
Did Saltaire change for the better?
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Write about at least 2 poems in which the author focuses on identity - "Nothings Changed" and "Search for my tongue".
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'Nothings Changed' and 'Ogun are examples of hymns of protest. Examine the ways in which the poet's views and anger are expressed through the poems. 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Ogun' are very good examples of hymns of protest. A hymn of protest is a poem that raises awareness about an unjust issue or suffering in the world. The main reason why these poems were written was to show suffering, inequality, racism and slavery in the world. Therefore their aim is to raise the awareness of the reader and motivate them into action. Tatamkhulu Afrika wrote his poem, 'Nothing's Changed' as a result his of personal experience of living in Cape Town, South Africa. He shows separation between the blacks and whites by describing he appearances of a working man's café and a restaurant. As a child he lived in District Six and it was destroyed by the whites for construction in 1966 as a result of the apartheid. As a result 55,000 black Muslims were made homeless and had to struggle to survive. Building work has not been completed, even today and Afrika is very angry with that all those people were made homeless, just because they were different. Tatamkhulu Afrika was an Egyptian-born, child of an Arab father and a Turkish mother. He was raised as a white South African, but later in life chose to be classified as 'coloured' to show his African identity. His poem also reflects on his identity
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Compare 'Nothing's Changed to 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', showing how the poets reveal their ideas and feelings about the cultures and traditions that they are writing about.
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In what ways were the lives of Africans changed by the policy of Apartheid in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s?
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How does Nothing's Changed covey the poets feeling's and attitudes Nothing's changed is an autobiographical poem written by Tatamkhulu Afrika; a white South African who grew up in Cape Town's Disrict Six. The apartheid government declared District Six as an area for only white people, and soon after, the area was destroyed. In this poem he returns to District Six to find the black people in the same situation as before, and though apartheid is said to have been abolished they are still discriminated against. He states that in fact, nothing has changed. When the poet first arrives to District Six in stanza one, he describes the wasteland and overgrown area surrounding him. The first line consists of a sentence with monosyllabic words and each word is therefore stressed; "small round hard stones click". They are also onomatopoeic words and this adds more effect to the opening sentence of the poem. We are informed that there are cans scattered about amidst "tall, purple-flowering, amiable weeds". The "trodden on" cans is possibly a metaphor suggesting that the cans are like the black people being trodden on by white people. Overall the area described seems to be unkempt and neglected; people simply do not care for it anymore as the whites do not care about the black people. Afrika see's a "new, up-market" restaurant which is "brash with glass". These two words produce harsh