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In the following essay I intend to compare and contrast Listen Mr Oxford Don by John Agard and No rights Red an Half Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Miss Amy Clegg ? U0388700 ? Page 1 Y180 ? Making Sense of the Arts EMA ? Task 1 Option 1 (Poetry) Read John Agard?s ?Listen Mr Oxford Don?. Then read Benjamin Zephaniah?s ?No rights Red an Half Dead?. Write an essay that compares and contrasts the two poems ensuring that, in line with the Study Diamond, you comment on their effects, the techniques used in then, interpretations of their meanings and any relevant contextual information. Use no more than 1000 Words. In the following essay I intend to compare and contrast ?Listen Mr Oxford Don? by John Agard and ?No rights Red an Half Dead? by Benjamin Zephaniah. I will look at both poems in relation to the four points of the Study Diamond, effects, techniques, context and meaning. I will begin by talking about Agard?s poem ?Listen Mr Oxford Don? then compare the points I have raised with Zephaniah?s ?No rights Red an Half Dead?. I very much enjoyed reading John Agard?s ?Listen Mr Oxford Don?, although the subject matter was clearly based around race I also found parts somewhat humorous, mainly due to the language Agard uses. ...read more.

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Page 2 ? U0388700 Agard uses language to reinforce to the reader the message he is trying to get across, he is proud of his Caribbean roots and this is conveyed in the poem using the word ?de? instead if ?the? and the word ?dem? instead of ?them?. Agard is a prominent voice of Caribbean culture in Britain after moving from Guyana in 1977. On reading ?No rights Red an Half Dead? it struck me as being a very sad and morose poem using far more detail to describe the event taking place. In contrast to Agards poem ?Listen Mr Oxford Don?, Benjamin Zephaniah?s ?No rights Red an Half Dead? has longer and more descriptive verses using imagery to describe an incident of police brutality against what we are led to believe is a black person, although this is not actually made clear in the poem itself. The first lines of the poem read ?Dem drag him to de police van, An it was broad daylight, Dem kick him down de street to it, I knew it was not right?, this sets a sad tone to the poem immediately as we ...read more.

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In likeness to Agard?s poem Zephaniah replaces the word ?the? with ?de? and ?them? with ?Dem? so we as the reader can clearly pick up on the accent and language used in both poems. The last line of both poems I felt were important to the meaning and message being conveyed. Agard says ?I making de Queen?s English accessory/to my offence?, reinforcing the anger he feels, and Zephaniah says in the final line ?An if yu tink yu seeing justice, You mus be b****y blind?, this also feels angry because of the use of the word ?b****y?. While both poems deal with the subject of immigrants in Britain and race, they do this in a very different way using different effects and techniques to achieve a different feeling in each poem. Page 3 ? U0388700 Both Agard and Zephaniah are of Caribbean roots and are proud to be as this is clear to see in their poetry. Agard was born in Guyana in 1949 and immigrated to Britain in 1977, whilst Zephaniah was actually born in Birmingham, England in 1958 to Jamaican parents. Both men are referred to as dub-poets and are well known figures in contemporary English Literature. ...read more.

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