Please explain the theme, message, and literary devices in the poem "White Comedy" by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

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The theme or message of this poem is to show, humorously, the many ways the word black has been attached to other words to create negative connotations. Zephaniah's poem highlights these negative connotations by changing common words or phrases that use the word black to use the word white instead: such as white-mailed instead of black-mailed. The poem shows that the language we use matters and that there are many negative meanings attached to the word black, so that this is no longer a neutral term.

A main literary device Zephaniah uses, which springs naturally from his subject, is imagery . Imagery is description using any of the five sense of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Leaning heavily into visual imagery, the poem's speaker nudges us to imagine normally black objects and concepts as white: what mental picture does being "whitelisted" rather than blacklisted, for example, conjure? Is it purer, more positive? Conversely, what kind of image is conveyed when we picture the...

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