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Cape Town Morning
Transcript of Cape Town Morning
The poem is composed of very short sentences to symbolise the sudden change in seasons.
There are four stanzas to represent the four different seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
Each stanza is compartmentalised to discuss the varied beauty Cape Town brings with each season.
There is no rhyme; it is free verse because it demonstrates the freedom that the South Africans were granted in the last fifty years.
Ingrid de Kok (born 1951) is a South African author and poet.
Grew up in Stilfontein, a gold mining town in what was then the Western Transvaal.
When she was 12 years old, her parents moved to Johannesburg.
Ingrid de Kok
Cape Town Morning
Captial city of South Africa
For many years up until recently the country was divided by apartheid rules.
Many areas today remain living under hardships and poverty.
36 percent of city households live under the poverty line today.
Cape Town prides itself on being one of the best-run cities in the country, but scores of households are battling to feed themselves.
A theme of reality is present in the poem, and it is conveyed through the profuse contrast of the poor and the rich people or surroundings in Cape Town.
The theme of freedom is also illustrated throughout the poem, as it mentions "men gloved and silent in the municipal jaws."
Dreams are prevalent in the poem, and this is seen through the poor dreaming of better prospects and their "eyelids weighted by dreams of coins."
Personification - "trucks digest the city’s sediment" - They're digesting the city's waste, trying to clear the city's garbage to make it beautiful again.
Metaphor - "Street children sleep, shaven mummies in sacks" - The children resemble the sleeping carcasses of mummies, as if to show how tired and still they are.
Personification - "municipal jaws" - The government is represented as controlling and harmful.
Sensory Imagery - "fresh blossoms" - The bunches of flowers symbolise the city – beautiful but with some hidden decay.
Lexical Field - "sour" "digest" "sediment" - A lexis of disgust is present to convey the reality of how the poor in Cape Town are trapped in squalor.
Alliteration - "winter" "wind" "window" - The constant use of words starting with 'w' makes the reader think of a powerful gust of wind.
Sinister Imagery - "Street children sleep...beneath them treasure of small knives." - Knives are used for protection, and their danger juxtaposes the age of the young children.