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    Oct 26, 2012:
  • Paul Tetteh on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "note on this poem"
  • Paul Tetteh on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "note on this poem"
  • May 3, 2011:
  • wonke on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "bra mtshali u r da bst"
  • Apr 12, 2011:
  • . . . S . . . on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "i need a mini essay on the imagery of this this poem aswell as th sound devices used please."
  • Apr 10, 2011:
  • Deliwe a.k.a nomhle dini on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Wow!wow!"
  • Apr 8, 2011:
  • Sello mosikare {discipline} on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Its wonderful"
  • Kabelo a.k.a motia mohitlhi on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Its superfantastic well done to oswald mtshali"
  • Apr 1, 2011:
  • Lawrence dini{kabila} on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This poem is sad and its belong s to human being and it is superb"
  • Mar 31, 2011:
  • Smartass on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This is the Internet. If I wished to be confronted with images of dead babies, being eaten by dogs on piles of human faeces, I'm sure there is a site dedicated to such. Quite why poets feel the need for sensationalism to compensate for an inability to use a simile properly, I do not know, but here it is. Quite why this poem is inflicted on pupils in a misguided attempt at literary patriotism also escapes me."
  • frank on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "I think this poem is lame!!"
  • Mar 29, 2011:
  • Thembinkosi Sithole on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "The poem still addresses the impurity and the doom that we still go through in our society and the environment. Today's society is not different from the society that Oswald'sher face glittering with innocence is addressing. We do terrible things and behave as if nothing has happened."
  • Mar 15, 2011:
  • nqhovi kurisani rikhotso on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "congrats this is a touching poem bt not so reader friendly"
  • Mar 5, 2011:
  • mpho selenga on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "this is a nyc i wish i cud write sumthng to enspire my community mr senonoi is our englsh teacher in valtech he rili lyks the poem oswald u there man."
  • Feb 23, 2011:
  • Ilka C.Buttrick on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "I understand what you are talking about. It is unfortunately becoming common place in our country. I feel you did a good job in using your words to paint this sadness."
  • Feb 20, 2011:
  • Carlos on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "The ladies must accept what they applied cause baby is a gift from god"
  • Feb 19, 2011:
  • Musandiwa tshedza on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Eix wat a touching poem"
  • Candice Swartz on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Great poem..."
  • Feb 13, 2011:
  • Cebo on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Which image is used by the poet in stanza 1 to describe white city jabavu as being sick?"
  • Dec 19, 2010:
  • Muzi Happyness on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This poem is one of the most wonderful poems around the world"
  • Nov 20, 2010:
  • Sibu M on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Beautiful poem. Although to some it seems too honest,shocking even. But for me it is this rawness that makes it a work of art. Thanks Mr Mtshali."
  • Nov 13, 2010:
  • Joshua Smit on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "lol had this as one of my school pieces"
  • Nov 10, 2010:
  • William on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "AWFUL poem!"
  • takalani mutshidzi on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "the poem is about the prblem of poverty that South Africa is facing that results to young girls having sex and end up getting pregnant,only to make a living...those babies are thrown away because they can handle the responsibilities."
  • Oct 28, 2010:
  • anny on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "I think this poem is filed with sadness and to do that 2 ur child is just wrong"
  • Oct 4, 2010:
  • Cedrick Baloyi on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "It is so intresting poem but also sad when reading it. oh baby in the manger Oswald was refering to Jesus Christ who was put in the manger after he was born. Scavenging dog also potray the situation where you can emagine dogs fighting for an abondened baby. This situation was the result of the apartheid system. The mother was not geting the help that she supposed to get from the government. The best option was to through the child away. She rather suffer alone than with a baby..."
  • Aug 18, 2010:
  • zuyana on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "this is a very touching poem expecially for me as a joung girl, it realy brakes my heart to see young girls trowing away their little babies.i was crying when i read this poem."
  • Jul 27, 2010:
  • Kholeka on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This is one of my fevorite peom ever.GOOG WORK MR MTSHALI"
  • Jul 22, 2010:
  • Puleng Paulinah Monare on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "all i can say is wow!"
  • Jul 17, 2010:
  • bd on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Mtshali was a man who had a vision of what SA would be like. We've grown into a nation of materialistic, society of scavangers!!"
  • Jun 21, 2010:
  • kay on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "i am looking for a poem i read many years ago, i forgot its title and the exact words. its always been stuck in my head. Its a witty yet comical poem about a guy who persuades his fancy to get intimate with him, claiming that time waits for no one and that while she is still beautiful they should get intimate. lol. if you know it please inbox me wikajovich@hotmail.com. thanx"
  • Jun 4, 2010:
  • patricia on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "where can I find study notes for this poem?"
  • May 18, 2010:
  • mzwandile sibiya on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "it is so interesting poetry but trueful is painful after you complite it plz womens stay away from left innocent child like this"
  • NKULE.HOTCHICK on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Yoooh dat a nice poem n it tells us the truth i lke it...."
  • May 14, 2010:
  • Nqhovi kurisani Rikhotso on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Oh what a touching poem:I'd lyk 2 sy congrdulation 2 mr mstshali: through reading this poem I uz 2 cry' eventualy I realizd tht its a bible connotation indeed: kuri 4rm namankena"
  • May 12, 2010:
  • Lijanda van Weik on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "dis are very goog poem I found it very delicious en well! Fanc ju"
  • Apr 30, 2010:
  • Itayi Nyakudya on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "The poem arouses a lot of moral questions: The evils of baby dumping, the plight of innocent children probably born into poverty and then abandoned as a result, irresponsible men who get innocent girls pregnant and then shun responsibility, teenage pregnancy which results in desperation and frustration in the poor African communities... The list is endless! This is a great (but poignant) poem. If you don't get touched by this poem then get your moral sense (the seventh sense?) examined."
  • Apr 21, 2010:
  • Faber on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Do not forget the context/period in South African history - when this poem was written. I think that the aby in the manger refers to Jesus. Jesus' the Messiah brought a message of peace, hope, understanding, love, compassion, forgiveness, etc. The baby who dies tragically is also a messiah, but brings a totally different message - death, destruction, hate, oppression, heartlessness, etc. (that has a grip on humankind). Perhaps it demand that we rethink our lifestyle and attitudes towards other. Oh yes, and to find it in our hearts to forgive the mother for her transgression(s) - for are we without sin?"
  • Theo Nyathela- Venda Shayandima. on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Truly speaking, Mr Mtshali has a way of using words to open our eyes, to see what we have been trying so hard to ignre. This poem shows how the social ill's of South Africa have polluted our way of life. This poem does it for me. Big Ups Mr Mtshali."
  • Mar 29, 2010:
  • Mulalo Mulaudzi-Venda Khubvi on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This poem is very touching and can reduce the number of unwanted babies as the will think of making a very painful decision of her life"
  • Mar 18, 2010:
  • thobs on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "dis poem was very intresting and easy 2 understant as it related to life situations.i jst lv Mr Mtshli poems"
  • Mar 9, 2010:
  • Sheryleigh on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "THE POEM DEEPLY TOUCH MY HEART.BECAUSE I SEE SO MANY YOUNG GIRLS GETTING RID OF THEIR BABIES.ITS REALLY KILLING ME!"
  • Mar 1, 2010:
  • gift on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "indeed a deep poem that captures our attention and makes us wonder....."
  • Feb 13, 2010:
  • mshini on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "what a wonderful poem,but i just cant deal with the sadness"
  • Jan 21, 2010:
  • J 1 on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "What general impression does the poem give of the living conditions in ''White city Jabuvu''(Line 3)?"
  • Jan 6, 2010:
  • Yolande Du Plessis on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Very talented poet."
  • Dec 1, 2009:
  • olivia kyere on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This poem talks about South Africa and Apatite rule and how it corrupted all the good things of the country. The poem is just a metaphor of Apatite ."
  • Nov 30, 2009:
  • Ryan Cremore on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Do not like the bay in the manger bit - spoils it for me."
  • Oct 29, 2009:
  • ayanda milkylane on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "this poem seems to be a sentimental value to the author and it is quite intrestinging"
  • red violin on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "i think that we need to lern from this,it is one strong poem."
  • nuclear hil on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "this poem is a complex andit can confuse you in the exams and for everyone writing exams goodluck"
  • khanya masango on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "this is one poem a person woud fail,because of the unstending an"
  • nuclear hil on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "its a very interesting poem and very complicated"
  • Oct 27, 2009:
  • Phumla on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Il b writtng ma exams p2 engsh nd i hope ths poem cums u coz i got a total on it last term"
  • Oct 16, 2009:
  • mariam ali ibrahim on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "excellent poem, paints vivid pictures of immorality and poverty."
  • Oct 8, 2009:
  • Moemise Motsepe on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "that's why they call him Mtshali... 27 years later, the poem still assaults my senses with such volcanic force..."
  • Sep 4, 2009:
  • Werner Smal on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Wonderful poem! show us a bit of reality!"
  • Aug 26, 2009:
  • Romeo on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Beautiful very beautiful"
  • Jun 30, 2009:
  • Edward Makasane on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "It shows the social challenges faced by female teenagers in South Africa in the apartheid regime."
  • Jun 25, 2009:
  • thabo letsoene on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "qiet an iterligent"
  • Jun 9, 2009:
  • Khanari T.D on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "I always liked his poems....wow, what a marvel to read"
  • Jun 8, 2009:
  • you on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "wonderful poem good work"
  • May 21, 2009:
  • me on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "dont you have any notes on the poem?"
  • May 20, 2009:
  • Rappiesstt on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This Sad but not so good :("
  • May 9, 2009:
  • Hettie Van Zyl on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "dit was baie mooi."
  • Apr 16, 2009:
  • victor kori on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "he is very good,this poem is deeply sad,i even feel the pain the mother when takin that decision"
  • Apr 14, 2009:
  • hazel on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "a masterpiece in its own accord, very sensetive and touching...."
  • Feb 28, 2009:
  • pitjeng on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "i really think he is a good poet,i wish to have his skills of communicating such touching messages to his readers"
  • Jan 30, 2009:
  • Kingsley on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "The poem is good but are the events real. Too sad. God bless the poor soul."
  • Jan 23, 2009:
  • Raps on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "It breaks my heart in pieces. A picture well drawn."
  • Jan 22, 2009:
  • Zandre Erasmus on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "it brings up a memory of my own..... and its makes me even more sad....."
  • Jan 21, 2009:
  • Steinei on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Linguistics"
  • Dec 3, 2008:
  • Laetitia on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "This is my English teacher's favourite poem, we spend an entire term discussing it, doing a full analysis and expressing our feelings on how we felt about babies being abandoned. When I read it for the first time, I was highly impressed and still am. It is a great poem and affects everyone in some way, no one can read this and not feel anything."
  • Dazzle Miss blingsta on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Food 4 thought..."
  • Nov 24, 2008:
  • Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "It potrays the blight of the present day ills of our humanity that has lost direction."
  • Nov 19, 2008:
  • Chauke Malvern Tiyani on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "it shows how situation can deform our humanity and well-being.how the rottenness of society translates into our behaviour causing the innocent pain and suffering."
  • Oct 26, 2008:
  • SIjabu on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "in the poem, what does this line mean? flowed thick yellow as pus oozing from a gigantic sore ?"
  • Oct 17, 2008:
  • Sivuyile Godongwana on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Lovely poem. I once read another one he wrote(The shepard and his flock).love that poem if anone has it please email it to me at sgodongwana@gmail.com"
  • Oct 9, 2008:
  • pd on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "a foolish poem.if he had not written, I would not spend the whole of my time today , in the Cafe"
  • Sep 18, 2008:
  • Masechaba Wessie on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Beautiful and sad"
  • Sep 11, 2008:
  • Simmz Cele on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "I read this peom back in high skool and it moved me then as it still does now.. any kind of poet to be really exceptional must not only be good with words but also have a great deep-feeling heart. I salut you"
  • Aug 28, 2008:
  • fayolla on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "a vry touching poem. felt like crying wen readin it. to understand it deeper go to knowledge4africa, explains it deeper. love your poem"
  • Jul 31, 2008:
  • Anonymous on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "As I read this , I could not help but realize the fate these people have been given by their society. And to capture this Fate in a work of art is genius. Very nice work! although it may be a sad reality and a crude piece of work, it was eye opening."
  • Apr 24, 2008:
  • Understanding Reader on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "To answer a question posted by another visiter:"Baby in a manger" refers to Jesus Christ, who innocently died for the sins of Christians, conveying the innocence of the baby. This poem give me a feeling of total distress, it must be the hardest dicision a mother(still a child herself) can ever make, no matter how wrong it is in our eyes. I cried my eyes out during and after this poem, it had me thinking for weeks! A truely gruesome and awakenig poem as to life in a South-African township (Jabavu being a part of the infamous SOWETO township in South-Africa)."
  • Apr 1, 2008:
  • gabi on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "What can I say about this poem? I can say it is wonderful, sad, an eye opener. But all these comments seem mediocre for this mans work."
  • Mar 20, 2008:
  • Violet on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Very sad but wonderful"
  • Jan 28, 2008:
  • Sfi 4 sho on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Wow what a wonderful poem"
  • Jan 17, 2008:
  • mel on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "It is a very interesting poem but it should be explained for the deeper understanding."
  • Oct 30, 2007:
  • bridgettee on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "the poet calls the child " Baby in manger". to whom is he referring?"
  • Sep 20, 2007:
  • VENUS on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "THANX TO MR MTSHALI FOR THIS POEM,I CAN FIRMLY SAY IT CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS MY MATRIC RESULT ON ENGLISH :I GOT AN "A""
  • Jan 16, 2007:
  • MCW on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "Damn, wonder what inspired this. Sad but luv ur work"
  • Jul 7, 2002:
  • tammy on »An Abandoned Bundle« by Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali:
    "project"