A YOUNG MAN’S THOUGHTS BEFORE JUNE THE 16TH
THE TITLE IS IN REFERENCE TO THE UPRISING OF SOWETO
Tomorrow I travel on a road
That winds to the top of the hill
THE ABOVE STANZA MAKES A REFERENCE TO THE FREEDOM THEY WILL ENCOUNTER
I take with me only the sweet
Memories of my youth
HIS YOUTH WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM IN REFERENCE THAT HE DIED
My heart aches for my mother (IMAGERY)
For Friday nights with friends
Around a table with the broad belch of beer (ALLITERATION)
I ask only for a sad song
Sung by a woman with downturned eyes
And strummed by and old man with (STRUMMED – MEANING A GUITAR
A broken brow (FIGURATIVE MEANING – BROKEN SPIRIT)
O sing my sad song sing for me (REGARDING A FUNERAL) SING MY SAD SONG – FIGURATIVE MEANING STATING TELL ALL ABOUT THIS EVENT DON’T LET IT GO IN VAIN.
For my sunset is drenched with red (IMAGERY) – DEATH STAINED WITH BLOOD
THERE IS NO RHYME SCHEME IN THIS POEM.
The above poem evokes sadness, and brings about anger as to what the youth had to go through in order to get freedom.
JUNE 16 a day that is in the memory of every person whether you were alive at that time or got to know about it through reading books or having conversations with people who were aware of this event. We honour those children and youth that fought for the freedom of language we are allowed to enjoy today.
The above poem gives a good description of what the feelings of the youth were before and after the June 16th riots. I did like the poem in regards to the description of the events that took place.
The poet should have brought about the aspect of after this sad event how the youth engulfed their freedom and the joys that it brought about to all.
The poet uses the Figurative language, Imagery as well as alliteration; it works very well as he gets his message across in a good manner.
The poet uses words such as my heart aches for my mother, you feel the pain of wanting to be with his...