Half-Caste and Other Poems (Poetry)

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'Half-Caste' is one of the poems on the AQA GCSE English syllabus and thus studied by every student following this major syllabus. As a consequence it and its author are among the best-known in secondary schools. John Agard is also very active touring England with GCSE POETRY LIVE, day-long events of poetry discussion and performance reaching some 80,000 students each year.



HALF-CASTE AND OTHER POEMS is aimed directly at the audience for GCSE POETRY LIVE. Built around this seminal poem, it is a mixture of old and new poems that address core issues and experiences for young people. Race and cultural identity is a primary theme and shapes the book. But although he includes poems such as 'Checking Out Me History' about the way the black perspective on history has been ignored, John is just as interested in celebrating the richness of human diversity in poems full of wit, compassion and hope. There are poems about violence, the environment, relationships, politics and grief, alongside poems full of fun, looking at everyday events from quirky, unexpected points of view.



It's an accessible and inspiring book by a poet who knows and respects his audience. This collection is as near a definitive summation of his talent as he's yet produced.

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Rollicking, Caribbean-flavored rhythms compbined with serious matters such as racism define poet extraordinaire Agard. (Voya)

He explores issues of race and identity, violence and grief, love and life. (Carousel)

A performance poet, Agard uses rhyme, repetition and refrains that make his work sing. (The Book Horn Inc)

Agard eloquently voices a universal concern as he describes 'stepping in a big ship/not knowing how long the journey/or that you're stepping into history'. (School Library Jounral-US Review)

Normally poetry is not our thing, but we took the time to really read many of the poems in this book. ('For the Record')... had only 27 words but rhymed well, was amusing and has stuck in our brains. (Teen Titles (Edinburgh City Council))

One of my favourite poems from this book is "A Hello from Cello"... I like music, play an instrument and overall am quite musical so I found I could relate to this poem really easily...
The poems in this book are quite good as they show you what goes on in real life. We particularly liked the poem "My Move Your Move" because it uses a chessboard as an analogy of the relationship between black and white people in society...
He writes different views of the world today in his poems...
Normally poetry is not our thing, but we took the time (really) to read many of the poems in this book...
We thought the book was good as it makes you think about what is happening in the world today.

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One of the the UK's top performance poets explores issues of race and identity with a mixture of new poems and old favourites for teenagers.

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