Discussion Questions for the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah

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					Discussion Questions for the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah
All questions must be answered using complete sentences

“The British” from Wicked World                     20 points


   1. What is the metaphor in this poem?
   2. How is the idea of utilitarianism evident towards the end of this
      poem?
   3. What are the different races bound together with?
   4. What is ironic about all the races mentioned in stanzas 2-5 in light of British
      colonial rule?
   5. Which line in this poem expresses the idea of tolerance?
   6. What can be said about cosmopolitanism in light of the ending stanza of this
      poem?


“Save our Sons” from Propa Propaganda                      20 points

   1. Find an example of personification in this poem
   2. What is an allusion in the first stanza of the poem?
   3. Find an example of parallelism in this poem.
   4. What is the subject (main idea) of the second stanza?
   5. What is the subject (main idea) of the second stanza? (focus on the ideas of
      “excel, rise” and proud”
   6. What is the paradox in the second stanza?


“Bought and Sold” from Too Black, Too Strong               30 points

   1.   In two sentences, describe the tone in this poem.
   2.   Based on the overall, message, who does the poet seem to be speaking to?
   3.   Find an example of parallelism in this poem.
   4.   Who does the poet allude in the second to the last stanza of the poem?
   5.   Find an example of alliteration in the third stanza
   6.   After listening to Marley’s “Time Will Tell,” write a 5 sentence commentary that
        explains how the song and the poem are related.

“The Race Industry” from Too Black, Too Strong                     20 points

   1.   Find 3 example of parallelism in this poem.
   2.   Explain how satire is used in this poem
   3.   Who does “coconuts” refer to?
   4.   Explain how is the subject of injustice evident in this poem
   5.   What is an allusion used in this poem.
   6.   This poem is written continuously and does not contain stanzas. Explain how this
        continuity in form is ironically related to the title of the poem.
“What Steven Lawrence Has Taught Us” from Too Black, Too Strong 20 points

   1.   Find three examples of allusion in this poem
   2.   Find two examples of parallelism in this poem
   3.   Explain how satire is evident in this poem
   4.   What is the tone of this poem?
   5.   In three sentences, answer the question to the title of this poem.
   6.   Explain how “black people are soften killed without killers” is a paradox

				
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