Comparative essay between two poems namely, Half - Caste by John

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

John Agard and Unrelated Incidents by Tom Leonard.

You can clearly see before you begin to read these poems that they are set out differently to your average poem. For example in Unrelated
Incidents that there are no more than four words per poem. The punctuation in Unrelated Incidents is based on the phanetic way of spelling, this means that you spell the way speak and pronounce words.
The poems is also meant to be spoken in a Glaswegian accent. In Half
- Caste it’s spelt and meant to be spoken in a Caribbean Patois.

In both poems they’re defending the way that they are (The colour of his skin in Half - Caste
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He says he is interested in 'the political nature of voice in British culture'.

The poem is carefully written in a phonetic version of the Glasgow accent. If you pronounce it exactly as it's written, it should sound more or less like a Glaswegian voice. Tom Leonard has played with language in a number of ways, apart from the phonetic spelling: there is almost no punctuation, there are lots of slang and colloquial words like “scruff“ and “belt up“, the newsreader talks directly to the reader .

Tom Leonard is arguing that this is the way the media thinks about him. He believes that the media see the viewers in Glasgow, or indeed the viewers in most other parts of Britain, as “scruffs“. Which isn’t fair and is a form of racism. The humour has a satirical edge, he uses humour to make serious criticisms.

In the persona of the announcer he states that you wouldn't want him to give the news in any other accent or dialect, because you wouldn't accept that it was true, a voice speaking in a working class accent and using slang is given less credit and has less authority than a BBC voice. Halfe - Cast

I think that the gentleman writing this poem (in a rather strange vernacular I own) is somewhat confused.

To my mind 'half-caste' refers to one born of two parents, one of a race where the predominant skin colour is black and the other typically white European, or white
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