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GCSE: Tom Leonard: from Unrelated Incidents

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    Half-Caste Unrelated Incident use of satire comparison

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    The way the newsperson assumes that a Scots accent is less credible than an RP accent and that there is a 'right' way to talk could show what the BBC viewed as 'proper' English at the time and how they imposed this idea at the Scottish people by telling them to 'belt up'.

    • Word count: 602
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    Unrelated Incidents and Half-Caste

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    However, in the poem Half-Caste, only the first stanza is written in Standard English, which implies that the narrator attempts to conform but switches back to his Caribbean dialect, which is then revealed as part of himself that he feels tht he cannot deny and accepts. Leonard's use of Glaswegian dialect is ironical as the point of the poem is that someone with Received Pronunciation or a "posh" accent should read the news. This causes the reader to understand that people who speak with a working class accent are not inferior and should not be regarded as such.

    • Word count: 514
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    How Do The Two Poets HighlightThe Difficulties Of Living In A Different Culture In the two poems 'Unrelated Incidents' by Tom Leonard and 'Half-Caste' by John Agard?

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    As the poem progresses the language becomes more and more dialect-like, this is to make it seem as though the poet is translating the 'BBC accent' into his own way of speaking. The words run together to convey the characteristics of colloquial language. Te poet ends the poem with 'belt up.' It seems that either he is disinterested with anyone who labels him because of their accent or he's directly telling them to shut up. The poet is proud of his heritage and this is an exhibition of this as his boldness and aggressiveness builds up.

    • Word count: 738
  4. Light comes out as the dawn begin

    you are Your pale white skin, blue-sky eyes You are here with me, yet I feel you so far I smile and greet you You say nothing and walk away The snow falls soundlessly on your bare skin Yet you give it

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  5. Comparative essay between two poems namely, Half - Caste by John Agard and Unrelated Incidents by Tom Leonard.

    Unrelated Incidents Tom Leonard was born in Glasgow. He has described his childhood upbringing as 'working class West of Scotland Irish Catholic' (his father was from Dublin). Although his passport identifies him as a 'British' citizen, Tom Leonard sees himself as thoroughly Scottish. Unrelated incidents, the poem. Is set out as if it was being read off a television autocue. There is very little punctuation and the words are spelt phonetically. The way that this poem is written, it is written like this because the poem is about BBC newsreaders.

    • Word count: 988
  6. The poems 'Unrelated Incidents' and 'Half-Caste' are both explicit pieces of cultural identity and how these people are looked upon by society

    The poem seems to very personal because the poet, Tom Leonard is actually Glaswegian himself so it may be almost auto biographical. We can tell the poem is in a conversational tone because the words 'talk' and 'said' emulate this idea. The tone is almost bitter in its anger, because Tom Leonard is angry. This is because the announcer not only despises the non Standard English speakers' ability to express the truth, he doesn't even want to give them the opportunity to say anything.

    • Word count: 869
  7. Unrelated Incidents by Tom Leonard - review

    His aim has always working class "West of Scotland speech that is still poetry". My focus on "The voice: in my work Leonard has written, two buy products over the years. An involvement in performance "Sound poetry" and an increasingly explicit awareness of the political nature of voice in British culture. "Unrelated Incidents" is a set of six poems each of which looks at some aspect of the way we use language it was written in 1976. Vocabulary Widney wahnt - Wouldn't want Wanna you scruff - One of your scruffs Widny thingk - Wouldn't think Tokn - Talking Yooz doant no - You don't know Yirsellz - Yourself Canny - Can't What Is The Poem About 1.

    • Word count: 521
  8. The pedestrian.

    and never enjoy life. Mr Leonard Mead was as I said a free spirit and a rebel of sorts he didn't want to be programmed like everyone else into a specific routine and being kept off the streets. There are days where he would walk for hours "Sometimes he would walk for hours and return only at midnight", He also felt a distain for all the programmed people and looked down on them "Hello, in there he whispered to every house on every side as he moved 'What's up to-night on Channel 4, Channel 7, Channel 9?

    • Word count: 776
  9. Dear Ms. Loxton.

    It described how the panther was trapped behind numerous bars and was willing to come out. However, it was the last stanza the one that made me realise how Leonard felt: "Rarely does the pupils' heavy curtain lift. Silently allowing an image to enter, penetrating this void carried by wearied limbs quickly it is lost within his heart." Maybe you should read the rest of that poem, Ms. Loxton, and perhaps only then you'll understand how your nephew Leonard Lowe felt while he was trapped in his own body for thirty years. Only at that moment, will you understand why I did what I did. Nevertheless, you can be in no doubt that I had Mrs.

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  10. How do these different poets explore what their background and culture means to them?

    I think that the poem is trying to show that if you speak in a common accent, it doesn't mean that you are lower class or any less intelligent. The poem "presents from my aunts in Pakistan" is about a girl brought up in America, but her family is from Pakistan, so she feels torn between the two cultures. She does not feel comfortable in either of the cultures. The tone at the beginning of "search for your tongue" is very aggressive. "You ask me what I mean."

    • Word count: 596
  11. I am going to compare two poems from diverse cultures. The first is called 'This Is The Six O'clock News'. It is by a Scottish poet called Tom Leonard. A Caribbean poet named John Agard writes the second, called 'Listen Mr Oxford Don'.

    He is saying that we laugh at him because of the way he speaks. Now he is laughing at us trying to speak in the same way. The title of John Agard's poem is mocking these people aswell. He uses the stereotype of an Oxford don as a substitute for everyone who speaks with a Standard English accent. Both poems rely heavily on the idea of stereotypes. Tom Leonard's poem is trying to tell us that we shouldn't stereotype people because of how they speak. 'yi widny wahnt mi ti talk aboot thi trooth wia voice like wanna yoo scruff.'

    • Word count: 730

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