Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Comments about Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Rookie - 0 Points Robert Jenkins (4/28/2015 12:34:00 AM)

    Read A Day in the Life of Danny the Cat, to my Year 5 class last week...they loved it. Read Danny the Cat Lives On! today. They thought it was going to be fun...they were shocked. They understood your message though and your emotions. Respect, Man!

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,031 Points Sentamu Aziz (10/20/2014 3:01:00 AM)

    dis poetry ting, me love it...

  • Rookie S B (5/6/2014 4:44:00 PM)

    love all of his work. strong themes

  • Rookie - -1 Points Paul Smith (11/10/2013 9:06:00 AM)

    Benjamin: I love your work. You express universal themes in simple language. You have a voice all your own.

  • Rookie - 39 Points Jetty J Newnham (10/3/2012 2:38:00 PM)

    Benjamin Its Black history month I for one will make sure I enjoy reading Benjamin, also Langston Hughes Maya etc, I enjoy your poetry man peace

  • Rookie - 5 Points Lalaine Rebamonte (9/5/2012 8:16:00 AM)

    Mr. Zephaniah,
    I am Lalaine B. Rebamonte, from the College of Education in the University of Cebu-LapuLapu and Mandaue, Philippines. We have chosen your poem SOS (Save Our Sons) for our Literature class to be analyzed as it gives striking stand of a brave person. Since our subject is in line with Literary Criticism, I would like to inform you that there are analyses gathered from our class. There will be different comments with your work and I hope you will be able to give feedback with regards to our comments.

    Very Truly Yours,
    Lalaine

  • Rookie Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 5:45:00 AM)

    I really like this poem because it gives a positive message for people who don't have hope camila gouffier

  • Rookie Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 5:41:00 AM)

    The truth the poem is very londo since it has a positive message that gives before any difficult situation :) and that seems to me unlikely that critoque already qie it is necessary to be in this sotuacion to be able to act like Mariano J. Panza

  • Rookie Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 4:53:00 AM)

    i think that it's awesome that he said in the poem.. he's so positive and..he's right! if you know about his life you can understand that you don't have to worry for bad things or bad situations...only for the good things and be happy with that... and he is original and don't follow the rules.. A TRUE ARTIST!

  • Rookie Lynda Finn (11/1/2011 12:27:00 AM)

    I think BZ's poetry is superb and shows a remarkably refreshing use of the English language. People who criticise poetry and poets tend to be those who don't understand them or the reason they were written.
    In my Poetry Analysis classes, I teach people to see what the poem says and then what it means and why the writer used those specific words rather than others. Once that knowledge is acquired, without exception, they vote Benjamin's poetry very highly indeed.
    English, like any other language was made to be used and changed and appreciated.
    I suspect the critics are wandering lonely as a cloud!

Best Poem of Benjamin Zephaniah

The British

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, ...

Read the full of The British

Neighbours

I am the type you are supposed to fear
Black and foreign
Big and dreadlocks
An uneducated grass eater.

I talk in tongues
I chant at night
I appear anywhere,
I sleep with lions

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