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...