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					Unrelated Incidents
 Tom Leonard
This poem has a comic tone.
              trooth wia     thirza right
this is thi
              voice lik      way ti spell
six a clock
              wanna yoo      ana right way
news thi
              scruff. if     to tok it. this
man said n
              a toktaboot    is me tokn yir
thi reason
              thi trooth     right way a
a talk wia
              lik wanna      spellin. this
BBC
              yoo            is ma trooth.
accent
              scruff yi      yooz doant no
iz coz yi
              widny thingk   thi trooth
widny
              it wuz troo.   yirsellz cawz
wahnt
              jist wanna     yi canny talk
mi ti talk
              yoo            right. this is
aboot thi
              scruff tokn.   the six a clock
                             nyooz. belt up.
It is written phonetically in a Scottish accent.

The poem is begins with a narrative voice
reading the news. The main thrust of the
poem is that people will not believe the
truth if it is not read out to them in a
“BBC accent”, i.e. Standard English. The
poet is not only mocking the insistence
on Standard English but also attacking
his own people for not having enough
pride in their own culture.
KEY POINTS

 Think about what the writer is
  saying about language: do you
  think he believes that the way
  you talk, spell and punctuate
  matters? If he doesn’t then why
  not, what point is he making
  about language and “trooth”?
Who is the poem directly addressed to and who
might the other audiences for the poem be?

   Look at the structure of the
   poem. Is the narrow way it is
   laid out commenting on the way
   the poet feels that his language
   is being constricted?
  The context of the poem
Tom Leonard was born in Glasgow, and still
lives there. He has described his childhood
upbringing as "working class West of Scotland
Irish Catholic
       Almost all his poetry is written in his
       own Glaswegian dialect.
   The poem seems to be spoken by a BBC
                   newsreader.
 He or she explains why the BBC thinks it is
      important to read the news in a 'BBC
 accent': no one will take the news seriously
if it's read with a 'voice lik/wanna yoo/scruff'.
Language


      There is almost no punctuation.
There are lots of slang and colloquial words
               ('scruff, belt up').
The newsreader talks directly to the reader (or
                    viewer).
   Question


Choose two poems which made you think about
your own sense of cultural identity, and explain
what you found interesting in the poems.
spend 40 minutes on this
                For each poem:
  Make it clear what the poet is writing about.
Refer to anything you know about the context
of the poem which helps you to understand the
                    poems.
Remember to comment in detail about how the
 poem is written, referring to particular words
                 and phrases.
 What do you think the poet has to say about
the past, and the way it relates to the present?
If you want to practise writing a full answer, you
could also write about any of the poems in this
selection. For example, the poems by Sujata
Bhatt, John Agard, Moniza Alvi, Grace Nichols,
Edward Kamau Brathwaite or Tatamkhulu Afrika
would all make good choices.

When writing about two poems, you should try
to end by making a connection between the
two. In what ways are the poems similar - in
the style of language, or in ideas? In what
ways are they different?
                      Answer
  In this poem, the man on the 6 o'clock news
     says the reason he has to talk in a BBC
   accent is because otherwise people would
  think he was making it all up. They'd think it
   was just some tramp in off the street. This
    shows that people are prejudiced against
   people who come from Scotland, because
they say things like 'widny'. If I was Scottish I'd
 think that was unfair. It shouldn't matter what
  accent you talk in. There's a boy in our class
    whose from Liverpool and people used to
 tease him about it but now he's just accepted
                like anyone else.
Examiner's Note




  this candidate is starting to think about the sort of
 issues the poem raises, and is making connections
the weakness is that this paragraph is about general
   prejudices - the poem is more specifically about
                  power and authority
        slightly hazy focus on the actual poem
           suggests a grade D/E candidate?
                         Answer
   Tom Leonard writes his poem in a Scottish accent
  because that's how he talks, it's part of his identity.
 But even if you live in Scotland the news you watch
is broadcast from London, and spoken in someone's
   else's voice. The view that there is a 'right' way to
  talk the English language is arrogant - who has the
 right to decide what counts as 'proper' English? The
 BBC accent also goes along with an English way of
  looking at things, which means that the Scots point
  of view gets ignored. That's why Scotland voted for
    devolution. If you come from Glasgow, like Tom
    Leonard, then it must seem like someone else's
 ideas are being imposed on you, that you are being
                     told to 'belt up'.
Examiner's Note

   good general conclusion, clearly
             expressed
  focuses on issue of language and
               power
     blends personal ideas with
understanding of the poet's argument
    suggests A/B grade candidate

				
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