Poems from other cultures - Not my business - Niyi Osundare

Notes from my GCSE class

Content

  • About unfair treatment of citizens by the authorities
  • Trying to convey the message that we cannot ignore injustice just because it does not affect us
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Setting

  • Nigeria
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Themes

  • Injustice and inequality in society
  • Self-preservation
  • Persecution of citizens by the authorities
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Style

  • Violent diction
  • Repetition
  • Similes
  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
  • Interrogatives
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Quotes

  • L2 - 'soft like clay'
  • Ls5-7 - 'What business of mine is it...from my savouring mouth'
  • L24 - 'froze my hungry hand'
  • L25 - 'bewildered lawn'
  • L26 - 'waiting, waiting in its usual silence'
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Links

  • Anger at discrimination and racial prejudice: Unrelated incidents, Half-Caste
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