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Analysis of Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen

The Poet

I do cherish poem that discuss issues ignored in name the name of some dogmatic believes. The poem title Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen did just that.

Leonard Cohen is a poet whose nationality belongs to Canada. He stayed and enjoyed this earth the 21st of September 1934 and the 7th of November 2016. A poet whose work expresses religion, politics, life and more. Wikipedia article also revealed that he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Summary

In the 48 line poem, titled "Story of Isaac", he alluded to the biblical book of Genesis 22:9 where Abraham was instructed through vision to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The poem not only shun the believers who still practice the ritual of children sacrifice but compared the old original scenario with the present practice.

The comparison were seen between lines 25 and 36;
"You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father's hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word."
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From the above excerpt, the voice of the poem noted that those still practicing the ritual of children slaughter, do it as a scheme not as a vision guided act. He also noted in line 35 that Abraham hands trembled while holding knife because the boy he was tempted to kill was his dearly loved son.
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The poem ended in a contrasting parallelism. The voice of the poem assumed if he shared the same faith with those slaughtering children for sacrifices, he wouldn't hold any feeling of brotherhood when such practice has already questioned whether they are "man of peace or man of war" despite the symbol of grace and mercy their robes portray?
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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

Theme of Supernatural in The Concubine by Elechi Amadi



The Novelist

Born on the 12th of May 1934, Elechi Amadi was a Nigerian author raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He had many novels to his credit and like many classic novelists such as Chinua Achebe, his novels exposed readers to the traditional way of life in Nigeria. Elechi Amadi died on the 29th of June, 2016.

Overview of the Novel

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi is a novel that revolves around the subject of marriage and effects of immortal forces in the activities and fate of human beings. Using Ihuoma as a tool for demonstrating such subject, the author revealed Ihuoma (the main character) as a lady who possessed all the necessary qualities to enjoy marital life but to the readers’ chagrin, a force beyond human control hampered her supposed sweet marital life; Ihumo had a spiritual husband.

The Theme of Supernatural

In the novel, The Concubine, Elechi Amadi boost the beauty of the novel with the theme of supernatural events. Notable is Ihuoma and the sea-king (believed to rule the sea) who never wanted her get married to any man in the physical realm because she was his wife in the spiritual realm. [You Can Download the Theme of Supernatural]

The novel went further to narrate the consequences of her attempt to get married_ the sea-king was responsible for the death of characters such as Emenike, Madume, and Ekwueme. The sea-king was so powerful that all sacrifices offered to divorce Ihuoma from him was so futile leading to the death of Ekwueme.

Enunwa Chukwudinma S.
aka samuedpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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