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Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 20 January 2011 “Janissary Rap” According to the author’s notes in the conclusion of the book, the Janissary was an African musical group who paraded through the streets of London in very lavish costumes. The band’s outfits consist of “turbans, tunics, and quilted pants.” The group plays pipes and cymbals and “Johnny-bells” which are described by Dove as “a type of glockenspiel festooned with ribbons.” I concluded that the speaker of the poem was either the narrator or an observer on the streets of London who was a fan of the group. The tone of the piece is jaunty and energized. The purpose of the poem is to illustrate how festive London was and to introduce a set of African musicians in London besides Bridgewater. It was probably an anomaly to have several popular African musicians in one place and in one time. There is a reference made to “Ol’Prinny” or the Prince of Wales. The poem “Janissary Rap” represents a piece of the culture of London in the
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