One of the most important poetic devices in the poem “The British (serves 60 million)” by Benjamin Zephaniah is the metaphor. The entire poem presents the mingling of the various elements of British society, past and present, using the extended metaphor of a food recipe. This is seen from the beginning:
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. (ll. 1-6)
Here, the poet uses the metaphor of the food recipe in a humorous way to describe the early history of Britain. This sets the tone for...