Our language teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to post in our blogs following the following tasks:
Choose a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah and prepare an analysis. Write a paragraph explaining why you have chosen it. Focus on the message of the poem and analyse at least two literacy devices present in the poem. Then, find a picture to illustrate the ideas present in the poem and post it on your blog as well. If you are good at drawing you can also make a drawing of the poem yourself. Take a picture of it and upload it too.
For this task I chose the poem ‘Faceless’
Although this poem is not one of the most famous ones of Benjamin Zephaniah I really enjoyed reading it and i found it completely relatable. This poem is vinculated with a book he wrote called ‘Face’ were a boy’s life completely changes after a car accident. The message behind this poem is that we shouldn’t give so much importance to what we see, physically, because if we do that we might look past the things that really matter which are on the inside. Benjamin also talks about prejuidices and how they must stop, since they are the ones that stop us from thinking outside the box. In this poem we can plenty literary devices, for example the following metaphor «I am counting wealker falk than me who look but cannot see.» They are so blind that the only thing they can see are the things that are physically there. He also uses repetition in the last stanza to emphatize the fact that everybody has beauty in their own way, «I’m beautiful, I’m beautiful.»
I chose the following: Write your own poem on one of the typical topics present in Zephaniah. Include at least one form of Inversion and highlight it. (two stanzas and a name)
It is supposed to be the bound that holds us together,
Which gives us a sense of safety and belonging.
It should empower us and make us strong rather
Than creating a division between human beings.
It builds you up to crumble you down
Sets the ‘different’ apart
But why should we drown
When society is something we are a part of?
Our Literature teacher, Pato Chujman, asked us to choose an unseen paper from the bookleet (either a poem or a short prose) in order that we practise for the IGCSE. My unseen paper analyses the poem ‘Walking Away‘.
While reading the poem ‘Walking Away’ I’ve noticed how the author uses language, structure, and style to convey and express his feelings as he has deal with his son departure.
The speaker of this poem is a father as he watches his son walk away from him after a football game, but symbolically walks away from him in life. We can infer this since in the first stanza there is a simile that compares his son with a wandering satellite “I watched you play your first game of football, then like a satellite wrenched from its orbit, go drifting away”. This is a negative comparison since the meaning behind it is that the son is going in a different direction, towards the unknown. This idea of following a correct path reappears in the second stanza, as the son “finds no path where the path should be.” The father has to let go of his son and let him be more independent and grow as a person, we can sympathize with him since it’s hard when this ‘protective role’ is taking away from you. The tone in the first two stanzas is reflective, nostalgic, fearful and of a sudden realization. In the last two stanzas, the tone changes into a more ‘melancholic acceptance’ since the father realizes that letting in order to let the people we love move on we have to set them free. In the third stanza, we can see the following quote were the speaker uses a simile to demonstrate how his son is breaking away from him, “Eddying away, like a seed loosened from its parents stem.” What is quite particular about this line is that the author set it as unnatural and unconventional, like if the seed (son) flew away from the plant (home). The poem finishes with the following lines, “How selfhood begins with a walking away and love is proved in the letting go,” which, to me, is what the poem is all about. How the father needs to trust his son and let him ‘write his own story’ and that letting go does not mean abandoning.
To conclude, the author states his struggle and bearing with it through the poem ‘Walking Away’ and does it in a way that the reader can comprehend his feeling and sympathize for him.