In A Small Place, the root of Kincaid’s anger is from British colonization in Antigua (her homeland) and the effect it had on the government and society. The postcolonial lens looks at the consequence that external forces have on native people and their land. She loathes the fact that the English used to rule Antigua. Since they destroyed Antiguan government and “left an impoverished society” (Metzger 1165). The government is so corrupt that it cannot care for the natives making them “too poor to live properly” (Kincaid 19).
Ngugi works are characterized by criticism against European unacceptable law and injustice. Petals of Blood revolve around ruthless capitalist and deals with issues like land, history, education and exploitation. Religion in both novels is used as a tool to enslave the mind and soul of natives. Ngugi in his works like The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Petals of Blood, Detained and Matigari has focused on the plights of the oppressed because it is the fiction that could rouse the consciousness of the masses. Ngugi works for the change in society that kind of society which promotes unequal social order.
‘Half-caste’ by John Agard deals with the satirising attitude shown by the protagonist towards a man who insults the protagonist for having parents from two different races. ‘Unrelated Incidents’ by Tom Leonard deals with a BBC reporter who announces that if he read the news in his native accent, people would not believe it. Both John Agard and Tom Leonard get their point across by writing their poems in their native dialect (their native accents), in order to show equality for all cultures. John Agard and Tom Leonard share two common audiences. Both poets lived in Britain and wrote about the difficulties of having a native accent which caused the protagonist in the poem to be discriminated.
Therefore, along with his radical views of the political practices of the British Government at that time, Shelley made it clear that those have to stop. Furthermore, Shelley died at a young age which contributes to the restrain in his ability to evolve in his thinking and views that he could convey in his writings. His lifetime was spent in a restricted situations, which become the ideas of trying to evoke revolution through the “England in 1819” poem. Looking at the theme of history, the events that could be related to the convention of the writing of the poem are the the history of the context in which the poem was written and also this will directly related to the lives of the poets itself. In comparison to Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, same factor of the livelihood of the poets can produce vivid image as to why the two contrast to each
Sadly, John disowned Poe after he was discharged from the military for neglect of duty. It might be true that Poe had a terrible life, but all of the tragedies that he endured gave his life a purpose. He was able to use them to write magnificent stories and poems. One might even say that his poems are the mirror his own life. Poe uses the tragic experiences of his childhood as a theme in his works, “Annabel Lee” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Edgar Allan Poe’s poems are not like others, they are mysterious and have life stories applied to them.
Not only this, the critics in politically conservative journals criticized his second book, Endymion, largely because its author was the son of a livery stableman and was perceived to be underbred. Keats was worried about it so in 1818, he confidently wrote to his brother George that the criticisms of Endymion were "a mere matter of the moment" and that "I think I shall be among the English poets after my
I. Introduction A. Literature Review The Rocking-Horse Winner has been widely read as a Lawrentian fable accounting the “，nemesis of the unlived life” (Martin 65) in a lower middle class family. Debates has been raged over whether this story is of objective impersonality under modernism standard. While Martin highlights the story’s self-consciousness by its technical perfection, Burroughs, leaning towards Leavis, Hough, Gordon and Tate, insisted RHW’s inefficiency for its lack of imagination and failure to present life in a naturalistic objective standard, and indicated that its didactic purpose relying on the boy’s death is an outdated Victorian pathos (Burroughs 323).
Owen was taken out of the war where he began writing poems. He wrote his poems to show both his anger at the cruelty and waste of war. (BBC) Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war.
Utopia When More wrote Utopia, it was at the peak of Renaissance England. It was a time of apparent cruelty from the wealthy property owners and disease and poverty for others in the kingdom. More himself had been called to advise the king and was in a dilemma. His friend in the dialogue, Hythlodae did not believe in advising kings. He held that kings only used advisers for fiendish ends.
2. A Man of the People and Heart of Darkness : An Image of Corruption A Man of the People (1966) is viewed as Achebe’s turning from a reverence for the tribal life and traditions to a committed satirization of the national reality. This unrestrained corruption is the result of the negative impact of the contact between the European colonial powers and the African politicians and leaders. In the novel, there is a passage which shows how the political and ruling elite change their behaviour after the independence ; “We had all been in the rain together until yesterday. Then a handful of us - the smart, the lucky and hardly ever the best - had scrambled for the one shelter our former rules left, and had taken it over and barricaded themselves in.” (37).