Analyse and compare them As part of your answer demonstrate the ways in which

Analyse and compare them as part of your answer

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Analyse and compare them. As part of your answer, demonstrate the way(s) in which their theme(s) represent some of the major concerns of B.C. poets during this period. LIVING IN OUR LAND IS A POLITICAL ACTION living in our land is a political action boarding a bus you see a sign that says Black man, know your place and Black woman even if you’re 75 suffer from swollen limbs you’ve got to climb those stairs you cannot sit up front living and dying is political if you’re Black for your welfare they give you slips of paper that turns living into a nightmare and when dead they extend their powers and shove you into a hole in the ground allocated away from them to remind you of the way they forced you to live and they say that the people
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Page 7 of 8 are a happy people, happy in their separate boxes not knowing that our smiles are the masks we wear to cover the rage stirred up that will jump out and tear white arrogance apart for their political evils conjuring our sunny land into a blazing hell - James Matthews
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Page 8 of 8 MY BROTHERS IN THE STREETS Oh you black boys, You thin shadows who emerge like a chill in the night, You whose heart-tearing footsteps sound in the night, My brothers in the streets, Who holiday in jails, Who rest in hospitals, Who smile at insults, Who fear the whites, Oh you black boys, You horde-waters that sweep over black pastures, You bloody bodies that dodge bullets, My brothers in the streets, Who booze and listen to records, Who’ve tasted rape of mothers and sisters, Who take alms from white hands, Who grab bread from black mouths, Oh you black boys, Who spill blood as easily as saying ‘Voetsek’. Listen! Come my black brothers in the streets, Listen, It’s black women who are crying. - Mongane Wally Serote
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