Black Poems

Topics: Black people, Poetry, Writing Pages: 3 (1028 words) Published: September 3, 2011
In the past during apartheid being black meant you lost out in many privileges it also showed how black people where oppressed. In this poem we see that Mbongeni Khumalo uses the word black in connection to all the bad things. He highlights that there is this darkness associated with the colour black and that in the 1960’s when someone called you a black person it showed nothing good and that no one should be proud of being black. He also looks at all the words that start with “black” and if one looks deep into them then we see that there’s a deeper meaning to that particular word and that it has got something to do with wrong doing or bad happenings. The first line of the poem reads “you don’t need a BLACK-BELT to write blackpoems”, if one looks at this line and critique it then we see that he says that one doesn’t need a black belt to write black poem and the way it is written from the small letter at the beginning of the sentence to the to the black belt in a big font and black poems as one word this shows that as a black person no one really paid attention to the diction of the poem. “B/LACK” when one looks at this word and the way it has been written then you can interpret it as be lack, as if he’s trying to point out that when you are black you lack in something. He further one uses the word “prac-teasing” and instead of writing practising he uses the teasing showing that he was isolated for mocking black art but in his own right one can argue that he was not mocking it but just highlighting the points that were true and that there was a time when anything that was done by a black person was just done and not taken seriously, a black person could only go so far with their art. “Trampling my so(u)l/e/” the way he has chosen to break down the word soul in a way that one can say he is trampling the word himself and he also adds an “e” at the end which shows that he can do anything to this poem since it is a black poem. “Served sausages made from minced pork...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Lucy Poems Essay
  • Linguistic Perspectives and Existential Anxiety in Arun Kolatkar’s Poems Essay
  • The Minister's Black Veil Essay
  • The Black Cat
  • The Black and White World of 1984 Seen Through Dark Eyes Essay
  • POV in the Black Cat Essay
  • Black People and Poem Research Paper
  • Summary of the Poem an Ode to Autom Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free