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1 The Birth of Shaka by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

2 Shaka Zulu was born in 1787. Shaka established the Zulu Empire and revolutionized warfare in Southern Africa in the early 19th Century. In 1828, Shaka was assassinated by his half brothers, Dingane and Mhlangana. Shaka Zulu (1787-1828) MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

3 His baby cry was of a cub tearing the neck of the lioness because he was fatherless. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

4 The gods boiled his blood in a clay pot of passion to course in his veins. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

5 His heart was shaped into an ox shield to foil every foe. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

6 Ancestors forged his muscles into thongs as tough as wattle bark and nerves as sharp as syringa thorns. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

7 His eyes were lanterns that shone from the dark valleys of Zululand to see white swallows coming across the sea. His cry to two assassin brothers: MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

8 "Lo! you can kill me but you'll never rule this land!" MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

9 There is a difference between the subject of a poem and its theme. Explain why the title 'The birth of Shaka' refers to the subject and not the theme From the three sentences below, select the one that you feel best describes the theme (or central idea) that the poem communicates to the reader, and write it into your workbook:.. Shaka's prowess as a warrior is examined... Shaka's ability to predict the future is shown... The might of Shaka as a great leader is presented. Notice that we always state the theme in a complete sentence. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

10 The poet's diction (or choice of words) is very important in creating clear and appropriate images. pawing the neck becomes tearing the neckneck cooked his blood becomes boiled his blood flow in his veins becomescourse in his veins shaped his muscles becomesforged his muscles MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

11  'a cub' (line 2: his birth and ancestry)  'a clay pot of passion' (line 8: the gods gave him a dominant personality)  'an ox shield' (line 10: his military prowess)  'Ancestors forged/ his muscles' (lines 12-13: his chieftainship and traditional beliefs)  'white swallows' (line 21: his death and the future) The poet uses vivid imagery to summarise Shaka's life: MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

12 Let’s examine the poem in detail. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

13 His baby cry was of a cub tearing the neck of the lioness because he was fatherless. The opening stanza focuses on his birth and his pride and aggression. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

14 The gods boiled his blood in a clay pot of passion to course in his veins. The next four lines describe him as a passionate, shrewd, strong, wise leader. Stanza two focuses on his blood, and how the gods contributed to his hot-tempered nature. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

15 His heart was shaped into an ox shield to foil every foe. Stanza three focuses on his heart and how it helped him become a courageous leader. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

16 Ancestors forged his muscles into thongs as tough as wattle bark and nerves as sharp as syringa thorns. The fourth stanza looks at his nerves and muscles and how his ancestors shaped them to improve strength and sharpen his reflexes. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

17 His eyes were lanterns that shone from the dark valleys of Zululand to see white swallows coming across the sea. His cry to two assassin brothers: The theme of the fifth stanza is his eyes, symbol of his wisdom and perceptiveness. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

18 "Lo! you can kill me but you'll never rule this land!" This stanza focuses on the prophecy that the white man will rule and not his brothers who have murdered him in order to claim power. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH


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