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The British -Translated Into Proper English

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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, while noting that the Norman French were only a ruling class and that the genetic differences between the Angles, Saxons, Jutes are negligible and noting that Vikings are not a solidified race or culture.

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

Vietnamese and Sudanese and note that none of these cultures have had any lasting impact on the British identity, nor any impact upon the English race.
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This is a translation of the poem The British by Benjamin Zephaniah
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: immigration
I saw Benjamin's poem, and I thought it was a load of rubbish that needed translation to help better explain it. I have translated it from his poor four year old grasp of English history into an A-Level basic understanding of history.
Chinedu Dike 21 February 2015

I've read THE BRITISH by Benjamin Zephaniah but was unable to capture his conviction. Thanks for this well penned translation, it's an historical piece written with insight in poetic diction. Remain blessed. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.

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