Poetry Is Often Used As A Form Of Cultural Protest. How Do The Poets In "Nothing's Changed" And 'charlotte O'neals Song' Use Their Poems As A Form Of Protest?

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This essay aims to give an insight into how the poets in c And 'Charlotte O'neals Song' use their poems as a form of protest. I will be looking deep into the obvious and not so obvious ideas and themes; throughout both of the poems and hopefully shedding some light on the subject.The poems where written in two different times by two different people. Tatamkhulu Afrika was born in Egypt in 1920 and lived in South Africa. He wrote 'Nothing's Changed'. He was angry about the Apartheid that was apparently gone but he still believed that "Nothing's Changed' The risk of writing this was so great in fact that he went by the name of Tatamkhulu Afrika Charlotte O'Neals song was however; written by Fiona Farrell and is about the way women where shipped around like cattle in the 19th Century. Charlotte was a passenger on a ship to New Zealand in 1871, where she hoped to start a new life and escape from the drudgery of being a servant, although on arrival she finds that she may have been traveling under false pretenses."Nothing's Changed" appears to be about the way in which, despite the 'official' changes since the end of Apartheid, in everyday life the divisions between black and white people and the racism in South Africa is still very much in evidence.In the first stanza the narrator describes the area through which he is walking. The description of the surroundings creates an image of a place that is overgrown and run down. Everything is hard and harsh - the stones 'click', the grasses 'thrust' the cans 'crunch' under foot. Most of the words are short, simple, and only one syllable which helps to further express this sense of harshness and also creates quite a sharp, jerky rhythm. In the second stanza he tells us that this place is District Six. District Six was a deprived area of South Africa. It was home to a large number of people, mainly coloured, but also a range of people from a variety of other cultures. In 1966 the ruling white party ordered it to be bulldozed as a slum and the community was destroyed. The narrator tells us that, despite the absence of any sign to tell him so, he is able to recognize the area with every sense in his body'But my feet know,And my hands,And the skin about my bones,And the soft labouring of my lungs'In this stanza the repetition of the word 'and' and the gradual lengthening of the phrases, creates a sense of building towards something. This build up climaxes with the revelation of the fury he feels at the injustice done here - 'the hot, white, inward turning/ anger of my eyes'. The third stanza describes what he sees up ahead - a very modern 'up-market' inn The adjectives with which he chooses to describe this building convey a sense of his anger, bitterness and scorn. This restaurant is'brash with glass'.This suggests a large, modern, glass fronted building - the harsh sibilant 's' and 'sh' sounds in the words emphasize his disgust. The alliterative;'name flaring like a flag'Suggests that the inn brazenly and...

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