Poetry Essay

Topics: South Africa, Youth, Metropolitana di Napoli Pages: 4 (1199 words) Published: July 1, 2013
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Natalie Muller

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WAYS OF KNOWING: FICTION, POETRY AND DRAMA - EED102G

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WAYS OF KNOWING: FICTION, POETRY AND DRAMA - EED102G

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PoemPage 3
Vocabulary and My NotesPage 4
Essay Page 5
Plagiarism Declaration FormPage 7
BibliographyPage 8

A Young Man’s Thoughts before June the 16th
By: Fhazel Johennesse

tomorrow i travel on a road
that winds to the top of the hill
i take with me only the sweet
memories of my youth
my heart aches for my mother
for friday nights with friends
around a table with the broad belch of beer
i ask only for a sad song
sung by a woman with downturned eyes
and strummed by an old man with
a broken brow
o sing my sad song sing for me
for my sunset is drenched with red

Vocabulary:
Winds – takes a twisting route “to have many bends and twist” Aches – to hurt with a dull pain “to feel a continuous dull pain” Belch – to burp noisily “to let air come up noisily from your stomach and out through your nose” Strummed – to sweep fingers over a stringed instrument “to play a guitar or similar instrument by moving your fingers up and down across the strings” Brow – is a person’s forehead “the part of the face above the eyes and below the hair” Drenched – to be soaked through “to make something or somebody completely wet” “ ” Hornby, A.S. ed 2010. Oxford Advanced leaner’s Dictionary of Current English. 8th Edition: Oxford University Press

My Notes:
The poem is a free verse there is no punctuation; it describes the anxious thoughts of a teenaged boy who does not know what tomorrow will hold. The title of the poem includes the words “June 16th.” This date is a very significant date in the history of South Africa, as Youth day is commemorated and celebrated on this day. It goes back to the time in South African during the Apartheid regime. On June 16th 1976 thousands of students...
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