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Copy of Poetry Analysis

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Racism is Around Me Everywhere Deconstruction Justification Time to Change Summary Of human ignorance I am almost in despair
For racism is around me everywhere
But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss
Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Some people carry their honour in a flag
And of their Nationality they brag
They feel superior and they differentiate
And against those who are different they discriminate.

So many people still judged by their race
For such there never ought to be a place
'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall
There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all'.

Though we live in a so called democracy
Of racism we never will be free
They judge you by where you come from and the colour of your skin
For many equality and respect seems impossible to win.

It's been awhile since the days of Martin Luther King
His name to it has a familiar ring
If against racism he did not choose to strive
Today the great man he would be alive.

So many holding the reins of power not spiritually aware
And racism is around me everywhere
And racism only leads to division and war
Just goes to show how ignorant some are.
Francis Duggan The poem analysed for the Premier’s campaign is ‘Racism Is Around Me Everywhere’ by Francis Duggan. It is a very thoughtful poem about an important social justice issue. This poem clearly addresses the social justice issue of racism. The mood created by the author is quite an angry mood. It also creates a sad and sympathetic emotion. There are many poetic devices used including alliteration, imagery, metaphor, ode, personification and rhyme. Alliteration is used in the last line of the first stanza. “Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.” Imagery is used in the third stanza within lines 1 and 2. It says "So many people still judged by their race for such there ought to be a place" This paints a picture in your mind of a group of people all with a common attribute to each other. They are locked up in some sort of cage staring out into the abyss. These people are being ruled and judged by a group with an opposing attribute. Metaphor was identified next even though it is not directly used; however the poem is an extended metaphor in its own way. Racism gets compared to many unlike things i.e. Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss. Ode is identified in stanza 3 lines 3 and 4. “'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall. There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all’.” You can tell the author has a very strong opinion on the topic and you can tell he was very powerful when he wrote this. Personification is another poetic device within the poem. Stanza 2 line 1 mentions carrying your honour. Lastly, rhyme is found all over the poem. The poem is written in a simple aa bb format. These poetic devices make the poem very interesting and intriguing. Racism strongly affects everyone and plays a part in their life. Racism is always following us no matter where we go. There is no escape from the terror of it. Racism pushes people to their limits, causing them to do bad things to themselves and the people around them, it needs to stop. This makes it a very important issue to address in the Premiers campaign. Each poetic device used in ‘Racism Is Around Me Everywhere’ plays a huge part in making it a deep and meaningful poem. The poetic devices each contribute to the message, mood and feel of the poem. The message the poem is getting across is that racism is around us everywhere which is exactly what the title states. We cannot escape the cruelty no matter how hard we try to. The mood of the poem is quite an angry one. It makes you wish racism didn’t exist. The poem really makes you think about the topic it is addressing and how true it really is. Racism is an ongoing war
Treated like you’re scum on the floor
There is no way that you can escape
Constantly caught up with anger and hate.

It really is time for a change,
Alone that’s not something we can arrange.
There’s nothing to win and nothing to gain
By causing people so much pain.

Michael Jackson took up the fight
“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.”
Let’s meet the problem face to face
And make the world a better place.
Poetry Analysis Literature That Influences In summary, both poems mentioned previously are very relevant to the topic of racism and are an important issue today. If racism wasn't a part of anyone's lives presently, the world would be a better place. However that is not the case. The best you can do is advertise how bad racism is to your greatest potential. Including this topic in the Premier's campaign is possibly the best way to do so. Being racist is a very poor quality to have, so don't be racist.
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