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Monday, December 21, 2015

Gbemisola Adeoti And Hard Lines

In this post, naijapoets.com tends to speak of the writing style of Gbemisola Adeoti, using the poem "Hard Lines" as a yardstick.

It is now evident that Gbemisola Adeoti is a poet of justice. Most of his poems, not excluding Hard Lines, are always nailing the matter of injustice in the head.

Lovely focus and good motivational spirit as a poet. Poets are missioned to better the lives of people through poetry and the style of Gbemisola Adeoti has been yielding positive attentions; most of his poems (Ambush, Hard Lines, etc) are very awesome.

[Check The Poem Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti]

No matter how perfect a poem can be, it will possess some shortcomings. "Hard Lines", for instance, has a well planned first and second stanza which contained metaphor followed by simile followed by imagery:

"Some lines are bitter pills
Hard to swallow with laughter
Like a tongue licking a weeping sore
To douse embers of thirst

Some lines are moistened rock
Hard on the tongue
Like a breakfast of toad
Spiced with roasted cockroaches
Mixed with mucus and urine."
(line 1 and 5 are metaphor, line
3 and 7 are simile, line 4, 8, 9)

The third and the last stanzas were absolutely different. Didn't follow the pattern of stanza 1 and 2. In an attempt to craft hard lines within the rest stanzas of the poem, Gbemisola Adeoti created fallacious lines:

"...As lion's fiery tales turn fairy tales
In sporting grips of goats
While elegies are sung with glee
Heralding birth and christening
Bones spring in eggs, horns on chicks
Hooves on ducks, feathers on foxed..."

What is Fallacy?
Fallacy is the use of invalid or otherwise faulty reasoning or "wron

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Analysis Of The Proud King by William Morris

When it comes to the analysis of The Proud King by William Morris, naijapoets.com has taken time to examine the poem and compare it with other recommended reading for the final certificate examination (WASSCE/WAEC)

The Proud King by William Morris is a 819-line-long poem about a proud king named Jovinian whose pride led him comparing himself to God. Larger lenght of the poem shows him suffer his pride until he repented and regained his crown, thrown and status.

This poem by William Morris is a narrative poetry, and its language seems elizabethan in nature. The poem in part reckons with God which leads us to the Theme of Divine Punishment in The Proud King by William Morris besides that, there are other themes [Themes Of The Proud King By William Morris
] about The Proud King by William Morris.

How Fictitious Is The Proud King By William Morris

Write On The Epic Elements In The Proud King By William Morris

Discuss Morality In The Proud King By William Morris With References From The Poem

Few of the figures of speech in the poem The Proud King are as follows:-
(1) Allusion: To be precise, the poem has a biblical allusion in lines 299-300 "_Well; _if thou canst, deny me, with such grace/ As by the fire-light Peter swore of old". It alluded to Peter's denial of Jesus Christ in John 18: 25-26.

(2) Enjambment: "And thinking of his life, and fair increase/ Of all his goods, a happy man was he" (lines 248-249) is one among the enjambments in the poem.

(3) Rhetorical Questions: The poem "The Proud King" by William Morris also has so many instances of rhetorical questions and as well known, few of the traits of dramatic monologue are rhetorical questions and direct quotations. In lines 633-636 "And said "Alas! my master and my son/ Is this a dream my wearied eyes behold?..."

(4) Irony:- Precisely the use of dramatic irony in the poem. The concept of the king's identity seems ironic in the sense that only the king and the readers of the poem understood the king's predicament; no one else.

(5) Repetition:- There are many instances of repetition in the poem, most the repetition of words and phrases such as "king" "robe" "God" "forgetting" etc.

ALSO READ:-
(1) Prove That The Proud King by William Morris Is A Narrative Poem

(2) The Theme of Vanity In The Proud King by William Morris

(3) epic elements in proud king

(4) analysis of day by william shakespeare

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

Analysis Of How Do I Love Thee By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

This post is to be looking at the love poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861, titled: How Do I Love Thee?

The poem is about all the sacrifices a genuine lover can make for love; these sacrifices include: sacrifice of life (line 3-4) sacrifice of belongings or properties to meet lover's needs (line 5-6).

It further showed how someone in love can be; (line 7-10) which are free to criticism, pure as early water, naive as childhood faith, and so unconditional and for-better-for-worse (where smiles and tears will be shared ) and a love that goes beyond possibility (I shall but love thee better after death).

There are poetic devices/ figures of speech in the poem.
(1) Anaphora: The repet

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Analysis Of The Plumpuppets By Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley was fascinated by puppets, precisely, the little Plumpuppets. "Of all the good fairies that sends bairns to rest/ The little Plumpuppets are those I love best" (line 3 and 4).

The poet saw them as the true "fairies of beds" in line 9.

Christopher Morley explained that they are capable of perfecting the bedspread to aid a sweet night rest. He further exaggerated the abilities of the little Plumpuppets with the use of personification:
"The little Plumpuppets are fairies o

Monday, December 7, 2015

Is God Omnipotent In The Pulley By George Herbert

The previous naijapoets.com post on The Pulley by George Herbert, outlined few different themes in the poem. This post is going to consider just two of those themes by comparing them with the expression that says "Is God Omnipotent In The Pulley By George Herbert?"

To begin with, omnipotence is the quality of having unlimited power or control. Let's compare the theme one, "limitations on human existence" with God's omnipotence, it will be clearly seen that God who placed limitations on the lives of human beings could have made human beings immortal, if he so

What Are The significances Of The Three Animals In The Poem Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti

What are the significances of the three animals in the poem Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti?

ANSWER:
According to the question, the three animals in the Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti, are (1) Giant Whale (2) Giant Hawk (3) Sabertooth Tiger.

They all symbolized different atmospheres of catastrophe in the poem. Clogging ambitions, creating tensions, spreading deceits.

Hameed, I hope this tiny slice of answer has helped your question. You must also note that naijapoets.com a broader explanation on the poem Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti; view it here

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Analysis of Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti

Describe Ambush as Metaphor of Societal Evil

Preoccupation of Gbemisola Adeoti in Ambush

What Do You Like About Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti

Gbemisola Adeoti and Hard Lines


Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

Analysis Of A Bus Ride By U I Ukwu

This poem is so real that anyone can relate it with his or her own bus ride experiences. The poem holds human characters like conversations "on every side there's animated talk" in line 7; gossip from line 1-3 of the poem "Two ample women... discussed their friends for all the world to hear" and from line 4-5, the act of strangers attempt to create connection was described "Some seats away a gallant says, 'My dear' to a strange girl who glared at him..."

Looking at the poem stanza by stanza, naijapoets.com analysis was made easy. The first stanza was so carefully written with specific metre and end rhymes patterns at heart. it was in stanza one that major mannerisms of bus passengers were uncovered: where two ladies were loudly in gossip, a man filled the hollowness of the bus ride by reading a news paper, a young man was trying to woo the lady beside him, some passengers who did enjoy the noisy atmosphere were piercing through the bus window.

Stanza two took a very different look that made it seems as if the poet was in haste to pen his ideas. It did follow the well structured pattern of stanza one:
"A bus stop now.
Sighs and farewells, legs and baskets,
jostle in greatest confusion.
The queue without stampedes and rushes
t'increase the babel within.
'Way please!' 'Get in!' 'Abi name wet in!'
'Ouch, you've hurt my toe!'"

Stanza three was the shortest of the stanzas, it revealed the concern of the

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Boy On A Swing By Oswald Mtshali: Mood Of The Boy

Boy On A Swing by Oswald Mtshali is a poem that reminds the readers of the common Yoruba proverbs that says: "When a boy is given a sword, he would ask his mother about the kind of death that killed his father."

According to the poem, a boy was placed on a swing enjoying its to and fro, with the assistance of his mother. The act of swinging heightened the boy's delight, it placed the boy in a pure pleasant picture of the world.

The boy began to wonder why they lacked things including the presence of his father, he wondered about the source of his own origin, he also wondered h

Sunday, November 22, 2015

4 Love Poem By Samueldpoetry

Contents:-
(1) Ode To The Poet's Curtain
(2) I See Love
(3) Law Of Seduction
(4) I've Once

This article is a short collection of few poems of Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry (the Leo with wings flying). As the tile of the article suggests, the poems are strictly about love and feeling of love or willingness.

The major reason behind this article is to give readers (1) the easy of sharing or printing or emailing more than one poem with just a click, (2) the feeling of multiple poems in one post. Hope to be enjoyed.

The Poems:-
# POEM NO. 1

ODE TO THE POET’S CURTAIN

Eh! What a screen with a heavenly picture;
picturing an artistic fixture
turning my bedroom to a museum of culture
handsomely showcasing the native of passion
with the exhibition of these heavenly creatures.

Hi! You scattered lightening of
illumination!
I embarrassingly cherish your illustration.
What a great explanation
for illuminating heaven’s innovation!

And you, banana shaped f

Friday, November 20, 2015

Analysis Of Outsider By Michael Echeruo

In the poem, the poet revolted his loneliness bragging his long survival.
He was by the beach, where he poured out his heart:
"spat on the world" "shouted at the moon" "hooted at the chirrupy mermaid of the dusk..." (line 5, 6, 7)
In line 8, he referred to himself as "clever lad of goddam tribe!"
the poet when ahead to describe his pains and l

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Analysis Of Weather Ear By Norman Nicholson

>>> Nicholson Norman 08-01-1914 to 30-05-1987, an English poet
>>> 3 stranza poem with 3 lines each stanza
>>> A poem with a classic style and very simple diction
>>> Rhyming pattern of AAA BBB CCC
>>> A poem about the unbelievable messangers of weather
>>> Dominating poetic devices are alliteration, personification, imagery

Each stanza of the poem has a weather's messenger sending messages to anyone who can listen.

In the first stanza "the bray/ Of the furnace hooter rasping the slates" was the weather's messenger.
In the second stanza "The market clock-bel

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Discuss The Major Regrets Of The Slain Soldier In Strange MeetingWilfred Owen

According to Pass Question And Answer by Johnson Publishers Limited, "At the strange meeting, the soldier who has had the upper hand in the battle tells 'strange friend' that 'here is no cause to mourn', to which the soldier agrees. However, the victim regrets 'the undone years', the curtailed joys, hopes and aspirations.

The victim soldier pours out his regrets of the lost opportunity of experiencing love. Priding himself on being affordable and a comfort to others by his cheerfulness, he regrets that he will not be able to make people laugh. But then, his sorrow lies buried with him as the truth about the gloomy side of war does not get told completely.
The slain soldier thinks it unfortunate that men will not learn from the bitter lessons that war teaches. Men, he laments will continue to antagonize and fight each other continually.

The best aspiration of the strange friends has been to change the world through sheer honest labour and humane actions or deeds. Knowing that there is pain enough without the inflictions of physical wounds, he would have aspired to assist in resolving matters w

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Preoccupation Of Gbemisola Adeoti In Ambush

Though the poet made use of well crafted repetition and metaphor to create perfect imageries, the evil that confronted the people of the Land was the major enthrallment or preoccupation of the poet.

Firstly, the title of the poem was an insight to the poet's preoccupation. It relates to unhealthy situations or dangerous happenings that would be read in the poem.

Secondly, the poet focused on how the harsh conditions of the people could shown with harsh dysphemistic metaphors: “The land” was repeated many times in the poem while servering as metaphors. Examples are “The land is a giant whale”, “The land is a saber toothed tiger”, “The land is a giant hawk”, etc.

Thirdly, the danger, the deceit, the people's helplessness and h

Overview Of African Religious Poetry

African religious poetry can be traced far to early Egyptian days which later spreads through the whole of Africa where it was, at first, a mere advertently undocumented chanting before it metamorphosed into written form.

The main purpose of African religious poetry is for worship or reverence to God or some supernatural beings. Over the years, different styles of African religious poetry have been seen, based on different languages and dialects.

Taking Yoruba religious poetry as a case study, the poetry was from the oral tradition of the Yoruba people. Though, strange religions have tried so hard to crowd its existence and modernizational changes have re-carved few of its contents to suit their tastes; no wonder, some music crew carved out a particular song, they called "gospel-apala" with voice so similar to that of Celine Dion.

According to O. R. Dathorne, whose article is the motivation behind this post, "Religious poetry is usually centred upon a particular cult. For example, the religious poetr

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Analysis Of Vultures By Simon Pederek

About Poet:- Poet is an African from Ghana nothing more, nothing less.
Poem Category:- Animal Poem
Subject Matter:- Repulsion
Versification:- 2 stanzas
Prosody:- No specific rhyme or rhythm
Style:- Simple language to be easily understood. Descriptive with first person plural pronoun.
Major Poetic Device:- Imagery, Symbolism
Setting:- Urban setting
Theme:- Power, Pride, Value, Beauty-in-disguise
Flow:- Climax flow of event
Plot:- 1st stanza describes the vulture. 2nd stanza describes how the vulture enjoyed what the city dwellers couldn't enjoy.

(1) Value, pride and power: These are exemplified in the poem as "In easy fight/ Enjoy the plains/ ...possess/ The visitations of the moon"

(2) Beauty-In-Disguise: What the people thought was ugly was an image of beautiful justice. It possessed "Lawyer's rig/ And hammer beak,"

(3) Repulsion: The overall poem spoke of the repulsiveness the vulture faced in the city because it was ugly, rural and feeds on dead animals which the poet referred to as "filthy meat"

According the plot of the poem, the first stanza of the poem describes the vulture as "Bald pat/ Scrawny neck/ Lawyer's beak" and reveals that it is not only ugly, it is also hated because it eats filthy meat. The second stanza shows how the hated animal enjoys where it is not wanted. It shows the pride and po

Monday, November 9, 2015

Connotation Of Mending Wall By Robert Frost

In the Literature-In-English class, which was the first period this morning, I briefly explained "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost to my students and to better their recollection, I wrote the explanation you'll read below on a marker board which was an excerpt from one of my poetry textbooks:

The wall becomes an image of limitations set by people between and around themselves so that others do not have the chance or avenue of knowing or approaching them. This was an actual happening in Frost's area-rebuilding walls annually during spring time.

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To Frost, the questions should be, what or who destroys the fence to make the action of rebuilding necessary annually? What is the rationale behind building and rebuilding the fence?

These, his neighbour could not answer whereas he professes humourous and ironical answers: the "elves" and "something" do no

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Analysis Of Considering The Snail By Thom Gunn

This article takes a very careful study of the poet, the themes and the style used in the poem: Considering The Snail by Thom Gunn

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The poem is about a snail that trudged through the wet-night to a destination unknown to the poet. Its relentless efforts caught the attention of the poet making the poet wondered what emotion or intention drove the snail and when the poet checked the grasses the snail had passed through, he saw the trail left by the snail.

Considering The Snail is a 3stanza poem with 6lines each stanza. It has a funny light-weight rhyme pattern of ABCABC DEFDEF GHIGHI. It is a nature poem with an eye-opening and motivational purpose. The poem possesses alliteration "with water" "darken the earth's dark" "what power is at work". Also existed the use of rhetorical question "what is a snail's fury?" metaphor is "wood of desire" imagery is "pale antlers barely stirring" symbolism is "blade" run-on-lines also features in the poem, etc.

The central message or subject matter or ruling theme of the poem is achievem

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Analysis Of A Recollection By Frances Cornford

Frances Cornford (1886-1960) remembered an instance of someone announced dead when he was a very young boy; the person was a friend to his father and to him. He used to pay them visits until suddenly announced dead, while the adults were unhappy of the man's death, the poet was happy he

Explain With Examples, The Use Of Synonym In Vanity By Birago Diop

What Is Synonym?
Semantically, synonyms are words or phrases or expressions similar or of the same meaning.

From the poem "Vanity", we can rely on the use of repetitions as our yardstick.

(To learn more about the use of repetition in Vanity by Birago Diop, we recommend: 3 Major Poetic Devices In Vanity By Birago Diop; the post migh

Analysis Of An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

Analysis of An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by W. B. Yeats
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THE DENOTATION
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by W. B. Yeats is a poem of war where the speaker or the voice in the poem opened-up to his readers that his end will soon come through the flying of war plan. He claimed that he was flying the war jet for personal delight, not for love of fighting or for the hatred he had for his opponents and he gave instances to support his claim: "Nor law, nor duty bade me fight/ Nor public m

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Discuss The Absurdity Of War In The Dining Table By Gbanabom Hallowell

One of my student asked me: "Sir, how can someone explain the absurdity of war in The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell?"

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Judging from my own point of view, I believe her question was navigated toward the irrationality of war or act of warring.

According to the poem "The Dining Table" attacks and assaults from

Monday, October 12, 2015

Subject Matters In Ambush, Vanity, The Panic Of Growing Older, The Anvil And The Hammer

What is Subject Matter?
In poetry and other genres of literature, the phrase "subject matter" has always been confusing. To break it down, other words to represent subject are topic, major, main, controlling, specific, overall, dominating, etc.
It can be referred to as the cause of further explanation and messages of a poem or any other literary work which can be compressed into a sentence to make a subject matter of such poem or literary work.
This post will make mention of the subject matter of the following poem: Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti, Vanity by Birago Diop, Piano And Drums by Gariel Okara, The Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor and The Pani

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Analysis Of The Mutineer's Song By Remi Raji

POET:-
Professor Remi Raji is a Nigerian poet, he works as a lecturer at University of Ibadan and he's the author of Web Of Remembrance in which this poem is among.

Themes:-
(1) Rebellion:- There are expressions of resistance and resilience through the poem. The poet saw himself as victim of the dangers in his environment but was not ready to resign to fate. "... I shall not flee" in line 1 "... I will not die" in line 10.

(2) Danger:- Brutality and deceitfulness in high places are described in the poem where drum of silence deafen the land. The poet continued:
"Let new maps be born
Let the puzzles of state multiply...
Let numerous lies flower in your brain
Let the wind sneeze in toxic w

Cultural Reflection From Abiku By John Pepper Clark

Abiku as the name implies is a situation where a child is given birth to in multiple times. It's a Yoruba word and Yoruba people are very culturally oriented people where giving birth and naming ceremonies are vital culture of the Yoruba people because of the value attached to names and because of circumstances and mysteries surrounding birth (abiku is an instance).

The poem Abiku by John Pepper Clark has a rural setting and words like bats and owls and thatches and bamboos are evidence to support the claim and the setting sh

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Explain The Effect Of Music In Kubla Khan By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Before I explain the effect of music in Kubla Khan, I'll speak of the themes, the style and poetic devices in a very brief way.

Theme are (1) the beauty of imaginations and (2) the effect of feminine music on masculine. Coleridge saw so much beauty in hills, caves, domes, fountain, etc in his imaginative dream. He painted sweet pictures of each object and made use of words like romantic, pleasure, incense-bearing, etc. The beauty and musical skill of the Ab

Friday, October 2, 2015

Analysis Of Report To Wordsworth By Kim Boey Cheng

This post will explain the figures of speech and the themes in Report To Wordsworth by Kim Boey Cheng.

Report To Wordsworth is a poem believed to be addressed to William Wordsworth, the poet, whose poetic messages show affection for nature. Cheng wasn't glad with the deplorable states of natural things like rivers, animals, plants, atmosphere, etc; after he felt that the gods meant to come to the rescue of nature were silent, he had no choice than to address the poem to Wordsworth as his last resort.

Poetic Devices:-
"You should be here, Nature has need of you" in line 1 is an e

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Compare And Contrast Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara With The AnvilAnd The Hammer By Kofi Awoonor

The Differences Between The Both Poems

(1)Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara is a 4-stanza poemThe Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor is a 2-stanza poem
(2)Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara has a rural setting with cultural reflection and childhood reminiscenceThe Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor has a rural setting with socio-political tale of freedom
(3)Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara revealed uncertainty and confusion (Then I hear a wailing piano/solo speaking of complex ways)The Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor revealed triumphant (flimsy glories) after pain and struggle of the past

The Similarit

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Explain The Significance Of The Subject Matter In Piano And Drum ByGabriel Okara

NOTE:- This is to aid poetry under Literature-In-English for WASSCE/WAEC, GCE, NECO, MAY/JUNE, NOV/DEC, etc.

QUESTION:- Explain the signifance of the subject matter in Piano And Drum by Gabriel Okara.

ANSWER:-
Piano And Drum by Gabriel Okara is one among many that brought out the beauty of music in poetry and the subject matters of the poem were made to blend with the use of musical effects.
The subject matters are the remembrance of the youthful days and the complex nature of the future to come.

The poet recollected his youthful days (the primal youth and the beginning) through the quietness of the early morning river and the echoing forest while "at the riverside" (his land of youth). He further mentioned in stanza 2,
the effect such remembrance gave
his mem

Friday, September 25, 2015

Analysis Of Ode To A Grecian Urn By John Keats

Poet's Background, Style And Language:
He was an English poet born in London in 1795. He first went into Medicine but later on turned a poet at age 21, he died in 1891.
It is a poem of five stanzas of equal length of ten lines each with a partial rhyming scheme. It is both objective and descriptive. The language is a bit complex especially with the use of words like Sylvan, Tempe, Arcady which denote places and Old English words like canst, loth, thou, thy, ye, hast, doth, sayst which situate the time of the poem for us.

Summary of the poem:
The poet here praises what he calls a Grecian Urn which, according to him, can tell the history of humans, and deities through the pictures on it. He, therefore, praises all the pictures on the Urn as more beautiful and enduring than anything mortal.
In this wise, he tells the Bold Lover on the Urn in respect of his woman who he can never kiss
"do not grieve
she can not fade, though thou hast not thy bliss
For ever will thou love and she be fair"

With the above in mind, the poet also addresses and sees advantages in these inanimate pictures: boughs, melodist etc. To him, these are better than human life, struggles and love that are ephemeral and end leaving.
"A burning forehead, and a parching tongue"
Finally, he sees the Urn as everlasting in its beauty and longevity while human beauty and life are short and filled with woes.

Themes Of Ode To A Grecian Urn:
(1) Transiency of human life and actions compared to permanency of art and art-related objects.
(2) Beauty lasts longer than love as represented in the Urn.

Keats' major pre-occupation in this poem is the everlasting beauty that is inherent in a Grecian Urn which is a Greek vase with painted pictures as compared to human beauty which fades within a short time.
According to Keats, this urn can tell human history as it
"canst thus express
A flowery tales more sweetly than our rhyme"
It does not matter whether the story is of mortals or the gods,
The Urn has seen it all and has the pictures on it for verification.
To the poet, though the pictures on the Urn are inanimate, they enjoy everlasting beauty and longevity as never
"can those trees be bare
happy melodist unwearied
For ever piping songs for ever new"
For him, human struggles are temporary as all breathing human passion leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloyed. A burning forehead and a parching tongue and even town where humans once lived
"will silent be and not a soul to tell
why thou art desolate."
If hu

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Analysis Of The Sun Rising By John Donne

If you wonder what poetic devices occured in the poem? Personification has to be reckoned with. John Donne is known to be poet of personification and in this poem_ like several others, the sun personified a lot; it was written like a proper noun in the poem "Sun". It was also made a workaholic and a prying person "busy old fool, unruly sun/...through window, and through curtains, call on us" (in line 1 and 3) there are other poetic devices as hyperbole "if her eyes have not blinded thine", simile "Thou Sun art half as happy as we", there was also rhetorical questions in the poem "Must to thy motions lovers' seasons' run"(in line 5) "Thy beams, so reverend, and strong/ Why shouldst thou think"(in line 11 and 12) alliteration in line 8 "Call country ants to harvest offices" in line 23 "Princes do but play us" in line 28 "To warm the world", etc.

If you wonder what themes of the poem are then Pride of love and beauty will come to mind. After that comes The supremacy and consistency of life's events. The third theme is duty and it positive and negative effects.

(i) the pride of love and beauty was made evident when the poet downcast the sun by giving it derogatory names like "Busy old fool, unruly Sun" "Saucy pedantic wretch" but placed much importance on his love and the beauty of his lover. John Donne believed so much in lo

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Describe Ambush As Metaphor Of Societal Evil

WHAT IS METAPHOR?
According to wikipedia, "A metaphor is a figure of speech that identifies something as being the same as some unrelated thing for rhetorical effect, thus highlighting the similarities between the two."
Following an online dictionary, it can also be called a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.”

How Does Ambush Reveal Societal Evils?
We know that an AMBUSH is a poet written by Gbemisola Adeoti; it speaks of the common problems of the society. It has the following four themes: (1) the theme of hopelessness (2) the theme of helplessness (3) the theme of danger (4) the theme of deceit.

It became evident in the poem that the poem held a rural setting with the usage of “saber toothed tiger that cries deep in the glade/ while infants shudder home” and “lies patiently ahead/awaiting in ambush”; is worthy of creating likeness in a reader.

The poet drew the poem close reality with the use of nature and natural things. Things like animals (whale, tiger, hawk, etc) and natural things (dusk, space, dreams, etc) made the poem take the look of reality and could be easily related to what readers must have seen or may possibly see.

A land of evil dweller cannot go unnoticed and in that wise every evil has a negative effect on the people of such land. So many instances were seen in the poem like when the sabre-toothed tiger cried “deep in the glade”, the poem speaker m

Monday, September 21, 2015

Analysis Of Weigh Your Words By Crispin George

Crispin George was a Sierra Leonean born in 1902. He published his own poetry anthology Precious Gems Unearthed by an African and nearly all his poems were non-political but strongly religious; the poem "Weigh Your Words" is quite no exception.

"Weigh Your Words" is a poem describing the goods and dangers words can cause then the poet warns that words can live forever so people must be mindful of their usage.

The poem contains alliteration "words may wound" (line 1) "furious air will scatter foliage" (line 7) "their passage-way be paved" (line 28). Similes are "like v

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thematic Analysis Of Ambassadors Of Poverty By Phillip Umeh

THEMATIC ANALYSIS
(a) Theme Of Poverty And Suffering
(b) Theme Of Selfishness
(c) Theme Of Deceitfulness
(d) Theme Of Political And White-collar Corruption
(e) Theme Of Negligence And Nonchalance

Theme of poverty and suffering must come to mind first in this poem. It is the outcome of mismanagement, embezzlement, and awkward supremacy within the country that led the poet to lament on the wide and deep abysm poverty has become in the country. The poet summarized it in the first stanza before spending the rest stanzas to buttress his summary of poverty, suffering and corruption:
"Ambassadors of poverty are
The corru

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Analysis Of The Immigrants By Margaret Atwood

The Immigrants is a poem with expected poetic devices as follow: Repetitions found in the poem are land, unknown, further, year, poor, wood glass. Assonances are "to be told" "the old one, sow" "I wish I could". Alliterations are "gallstones in glass bottle" "carry their carpetbags" "flat the green fruit".

Margaret Atwood wrote this 9 stanza poem with no end rhyme scheme but beautified each stanza with the use of enjambment which made the poem flow so freely.

As part of my poetic analysis, I searched for themes in the poem and below are few found:
(a) Theme of Poverty, we are made to understand the immigrants level of poverty and suffering "only to be told they are too poor/ to keep it up" (line 7 and 8) and in any foreign country they find themselves, no possession hold assurance_ whatever they have today might the taken from them tomorrow "but always they are too poor, the sky" (line 24)

(b) Theme of Instability and M

Friday, September 11, 2015

Like You By Rene Philombe (translator Samuel C. Enunwa)

I've knocked your door
I've knocked your heart
for a worm sleep
for warmth
why ignore me?
Open up, my brother!...

Why ask me
whether I'm an African
whether I'm an American
whether I'm an Asian
whether I'm European?
Open up, my brother!...

I'm not black
I'm not red
I'm not yellow
I'm not white
of course, I'm not that man;
Open up, my brother!...

Open up your door
Open up your heart
for I'm a human
like you!

(c) Rene Philombe (a french poet)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Emily Bronte (30/07/1818 - 19/12/1848)

Emily Bronte was an English poet and novelist; the author of Wuthering Heights.
I never knew Emily among poets until Daniel Aribido gave me her novel: "Wuthering Heights" as a gift. Ever since, her poem has been a motivation to me.

EMILY BRONTE'S POEM:

"Riches I hold in light esteem
And Love I laught to scorn,
And Lust of Fame was but a dream
That vanished with the morn--

And if I pray-- the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is-- 'Leave the heart that now I bear
And give me liberty.'

Yes, as my swift days near their goal
'Tis all that I implore--
Through life and death, a chainless soul
With courage to endure!"

A Poem by Emily Bronte written 1st March 1841.

Analysis Of Expelled by Jared Angira

Expelled by Jared Angira is the matter at hand in naijapoets.com

All the way to Kenya, Jared Angira was born 21st November, 1947. is
a Kenyan poet. Studied commerce at the University of Nairobi from 1968 until 1971. He also founded the Kenya Writers' Association.

I took a very close look at the poem "Expelled" and I saw the following themes: Encroachment, Exploitation,Hopelessness and Colonialism.

"We had traded in this market competively perfect
till you come in the boat, and polished goodwill
approval from higher order
all pepper differentials, denied flag-bearers"

The quoted expressions above, is the first stanza of the poem. It revealed the degree of encroachment the poet felt when powerful foreigners withheld freedo

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Analysis Of As Kingfisher Catch Fire By Gerard Manley Hopkins

AS KINGFISHER CATCH FIRE is a great poem that is full of sounds, each line is with either alliteration, assonance or both. Not like the Shakespeare's, Hopkins' sonnet didn't follow a rigid end rhyme pattern and spoke of religion and its influence on human.

Gerard Manley Hopkins canned the poem with a flexible lid but the complex content was only to be enjoyed by those who can patiently digest it. The poem began with similes, describing how a situation leads to another (As kingfisher catch fire, dragonflies draw flame) making readers see how injustice led to Christianity. He said further that the sound of rung bells made a bold tongue gather people for spiritual orientation which has become a routine "Each mortal thing does one thing and the same" (in line 5)

According to line 13 and 14 of the poem "Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his/ To the Father through the features of men's faces"
Those parading theselves as teachers of Christ ways; portraying Christ in thousand places are only what they are in the faces of men but migh

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Emily Dickinson (10/12/1830 - 15/05/1886)

Today again, I read one of your poems.

It began to beat a talking-drum with
my skull.

O!
May angels in heaven continue to turn you on with
fluffy melodies
so you can remain happy everyday there above.

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry

Emily Dickinson Poem 919:
"If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one pain

Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in vain."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Analysis Of Nine To Night By Toyin Adewale Gabriel



Nine To Night is a poem written by alluring, rosy, smiling, ambitious Nigerian poetess princess; Toyin Adewale Gabriel. To be candid, I've seen close to fifteen of the her poems online and guess what, they are mesmerizingly charming.

From the way see Nine To Night, the poem was written to celebrate her birthday "staring 40 in the face" which began the second stanza of the six stanza poem is prove to hold.

While searching for the themes of the poem, it wasn't hard for me to find self-reflection, hope, wish, tenacity and so on as the themes of the poem.

As mild as the bold as the tone of the poem was, it did fall-short of sweet poetic devices like metaphors where the major part of the poem saw the poet comparing herself to thing like undying voices.

The first three lines of the poem were similes; the first line goes "Like a shock of corn come at season". Age or number was also personified in the poem "staring 40 in the face". "cropped hair flying" was one of the imageries "strenghtened by the strife of the tongue" was one of the alliterations in the poem. The third stanza of the poem described "adulthood" in a way that pleased my mind.

Toyin Adewale Gabriel is a Nigerian writer, she has authored so many books and still waxing stronger in all her endeavors. More grease to her elbow.

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

Thematic Analysis Of Water By Philip Larkin

Water by Philip Larkin is a simple complex poem and the complexity of meaning within the simple structure of the poem has given it various opinions.

I will be dishing out my own point of view irrespective of its acceptance. I see freedom of choice and religious perspectives as the themes of the poem.

Philip Larkin began the poem as if someone requested his advice on the issue of starting a religion. He said that if he was called in to start a religion, he would not deny the use of water, the act of sousing and the scientific experimentation of placing a glass of water where it can generate more light:
"And I should raise in the east
A glass of water
Where any-angled light
Would congregate endlessly" (stanza 4 of Water by Philip Larkin)

I believe that Larkin took the use of water and drenching so important in his own religious creation because Christianity did the same where a true Christian m

Personification And Pathetic Fallacy



Judging by a layman definition, pathetic fallacy will mean a falseful feeling of sympathy, pity or compassion which is portrayed naturally or artificially by something or anything. Example could be traced to the crocodile eyes that always seem crying.

Literary speaking, pathetic fallacy is one among the literary terms; and has been placed under the canopy of personification. According to wikidedia article, The origin of the name "pathetic fallacy" was traced to John Ruskin. Writers use pathetic fallacy to give feeling of sympathy or joy to an inanimate object(s) whereas a personification is a figure of speech or prosopopeia in which inanimate object is given any human quality.

In this figure of speech, we credit nature with human qualities. Here, it could be a commiseration with human beings in a state of grief or nature celebrating with human beings in a state of happiness. It is used to heighten the effect of a particular event.

Since personification can occur in any form of literature (poetry, prose, and drama); Pathetic Fallacy can occur in poetry, prose and drama as well but it takes the knowledge of the difference between personification and pathetic fallacy to figure out which one is which.

In the movie Odyssey, the storm had human face to speak with Odysseus was not just a mytery but a personification as well.

In the poem Elegy To A Dead Friend by Samuel C. Enunwa, has a pathetic fallacy in stanza 2:
"Didn't you see
the emissaries of heavenly stars
paid condolence last night?
They wished you weren't dead."

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings high above all)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Be Humble By Adebayo Faleti (Translator Samuel C. Enunwa)

faleit adebayo naijapoets

Whether riches you possess
Remember
Your riches feed not the whole universe.
Whether great knowledge is yours,
It can't be as of Solomon.
Maybe prestige is yous
Remember
The prestige of yours alone
Can never sew pride to the universe whole.
Humility is the virtue of prestige;
When God places you high,
Trample not the souls below.
With prudence, the wise one beats the peers
Remember
Many You do exist in this universe
And riches are not monopoly
Knowledge has more than one ally
You have riches
You have wealth
You have them to share with humans on earth.
Which vegetable hates to be loved?
Spinach is just privileged
To be the lover of all vegetarians on earth.
Land favors the crawling vegs
To cover a mass of land
Remember
Yam alon

Wande Abimbola Yoruba Spiritual Poetry



Ifa divinity has it own poetry which can be divided into two: (1) Ese Ifa (2) Iyere Ifa. Thise divine ways and its divine form of poetry have become a form of spirituality known to the whole world and many have preached such awareness but the most famous preacher of Ifa gospel is Prof. Wande Abimbola.

Wande Abimbola, as an academician, who did not only have the fluid of Yoruba language flowing within him but also took time to acquire degree in such language; has written so many great books and articles in his love for Ifa corpus and style.

Few of his published works are as follows:

(1) Wande Abimbola "Ijinle Ohun Enu Ifa Apa Kiini" Collins, Glasgow 1968.

(2) Wande Abimbola "Ijinle Ohun Enu Ifa Apa Keji" Collins, Glasgow 1969.

(3) Wande Abimbola "Sixteen Great Poems of Ifa" UNESCO 1975.

(4) Wande Abimbola "An Exposition Of Ifa Literary Corpus" University Press Limited 1976.

(5) Wande Abimbola "Ifa Divination Poetry" NOK Publishers, NY 1977.

(6) Wande Abimbola "Awon Oju Odu Mereerindinlogun" University Press 1977.

(7) Wande Abimbola "Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World" Aim Book, Boston 1997.

(8) Wande Abimbola "Ifa As A Body Of Knowledge And As An Academic Discipline" Lagos Notes And Records 1968 pp. 30-40

(9) Wande Abimbola "Burial Of The Dead Among The Yoruba" Preceedings Of The African Studies Staff Seminar, University Of Lagos 1970 pp. 98-144

(10) Wande Abimbola "A Chapter From The Second Odu Of Ifa" Black Orpheus 1969 pp. 7-12

(11) Wande Abimbola "The Ruins Of Oyo Division" African Notes 1964

(12) Wande Abimbola "The Odu Of Ifa" African Notes 1964 pp. 6-12

(13) Wande Abimbola "The Place Of Ifa In Yoruba Traditional Religion" African Notes 1965

(14) Wande Abimbola "The Ese Of Ifa" African Notes Institute Of African Studies, University Of Ibadan 1965 pp. 12-17

(15) Wande Abimbola "Ifa Divination Poems As Source Of Historical Evidence" Lagos Notes And Records 1970 pp. 11-20

Prof. Wande Abimbola is Nigerian of Yoruba ethnic group as an indigene of Oyo state. He was born 24 December 1932. He had B.A in History, University of Ibadan, 1963. M.A in Linguistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1966. Doctorate of Philosophy in Yoruba Literature, University of Lagos 1971. He became a full professor in the year 1976.

Prof. Wande Abimbola had taught in University of Ibadan (1963-1965) University of Lagos (1966-1972) Obafemi Awolowo University (1972-1981) Indiana University, Harvard University, University of Louisville, etc.

Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (1982-1990) Adviser to the Nigerian President on Traditional Matters and Cultural Affairs, Office of the Presidency, Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria (2003-2005) Editor, Lagos Notes and Records, Bulletin of the Institute of African and Asian Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings of success)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Superstition By Minji Karibo

Superstition by Minji Karibo is one way an old but never aging poem. It's ability to reveal one of the cultural injections most Africans with rural background carry, makes the poem always refreshing in the heart of every readers (with or without a rural African upbringing).

From the poem, it is shown that information is passed from generation to generation irrespective of maybe such information is true. It is left to the people to figure out the genuiness of the information.

The poem lacks a static rhyme patt

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Poetic Devices In Snake By D. H. Lawrence

POETIC DEVICES IN SNAKE BY D.H. LAWRENCE

the poet made use of carefully selected words in describing the actions of the snake: "He lifted his head from his drinking as cattle do and looked vaguely as drinking cattle do. And flickered his two forked tongue from his lips and mused a moment..."


The poet made use of images such as "Sicilian July" "Accursed human education"


He personified the snake with the use of the third person pronoun "a king in exile"


"and l like a second comer, waiting" "his head as cattle do" "like a king" are few examples of similes in the poem.


In line 2 "on a hot, hot day" carries a repetition. "Must wait, must stand and wait" in line 6 as well has repetition

Alliteration also existed in the poem "brown slackness soft" "softly drank through his straight gums" and rhetorical question in the poem are:

"Into the burning bowels of t

Friday, August 7, 2015

At Castle Wood By Emily Bronte



AT CASTLE WOOD BY EMILY BRONTE

The day is done, the winter sun

Is setting in its sullen sky;

And drear the course that has been run,

And dim the beams that slowly die.


No star will light my coming night;

No moon of hope for me will shine;

I mourn not Heaven would blast my sight,

And I never longed for ways divine.


Through Life's hard task I did not ask

Celestial aid, celestial cheer:

I saw my fate without its mask,

And met it too without a tear.


The grief that prest this living breast

Was heavier far than earth can be;

And who would dread eternal rest

When labour's hire was agony?


Dark falls the fear of this despair

On spirits born for happiness;

But I was bred the mate of care,

The foster-child of sore distress.


No sighs for me, no sympathy,

No wish to keep my souls below;

The heart is dead sinc

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Analysis Of The Blind Man By Pius Oleghe

ANALYSIS OF THE BLIND MAN BY PIUS OLEGHE

Poet:

Pius Oleghe, the author of this poem is a Nigerian. He once worked as a teacher. A graduate of the University of Ibadan that is why this poem (The Blind Man) first appeared in Nigerian Student Verse.


Poem:

Was that a sound piercing his darkness?

The blind man shuddered:

"Who's there?"


He gasped; jerked forward, strained ears, ruffled poise

To catch a repetition of the noise_

Which never came again.

He rectified, again he bent:

The broken silence was doubly silent

Now. "Who's there?" he called

Again, nor waited for reply:

His hands stretched out, fingers felt about

To something, anything, and pu

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Analysis Of Crossing The Bar By Lord Alfred Tennyson

Crossing The Bar by Lord Alfred Tennyson 1809-1892, such a poem can be considered an elegy. It was note that Tennyson asked his son to always add this poem to the end of his anthologies. As a sign of closure to his life on earth and to his world of poetic living. A four stanza poem with four lines each stanza. The poem holds a simple diction flowed with metaphors and symbolisms; it has a rhyme pattern of ABAB CDCD, etc.

The poem speaks of the poet's readiness to embark on an e

Monday, August 3, 2015

Analysis Of The Pulley By George Herbert

Here are the themes of the poem, "The Pulley" by George Herbert:
(1) The limitation in human existence
(2) The blessings bestowed man through creation
(3) The problems associated to riches
(4) The vanity of possessions in presence of loneliness

The following are the figuratives within the poem:
(1) Rhyme pattern of ABABA CDCDC, etc.
(2) Personification in line 19-20 "If goodne

Friday, July 31, 2015

How To Analyze A Poem

In case you know or may not know, few simple steps are required of you to analysis a poem to the best of your ability. They are in a question form:
(1) What few explanations can I give regarding the backgound of the poet?
(2) What recipes (poetic devices) do the poem acquire?
(3) What explanation can I give about the poem's connotation and denotation?
(4) What categor(ies) can the poem be placed?
(5) What other poem(s) can you place side by side with the poem you're analyzing?

It shows that by the time you begin answering the questions ome after the other, poetic analysis has began.

Some poems do have anonymous author maybe because they are traditional oral generated poems or maybe some unforeseen circumstances separated from their authors without retrace. Theose kind of poem ease the labor in poetic analysis since none will crucify you for not unearthing the broad background. Some poems do have real author and the translator to a different language. You must strive to give few background of both names involved to clear confusion. You are expected to give the right account of what you know about the poet (date of birth, date of death, family background, career life, marital life, achievements, etc).

The form,setting,mood,figures of speech found in the poem will be a great knowledge to those reading your analysis.
Under this atmosphere, you'll figure out what type of poem it is. There are various types of poems (elegy,ballard,sonnet,sestina,acoustic,haiku,limerick,cinquain,diamonte,etc) which means you must study types of poem. You must be able to explain whether the poem is a free verse or blank verse and be able to point out the rhythm or rhyme scheme pattern if they exist within the poem you are analyzing. You will speak of the diction of the poem, the mood, the setting, etc. Diction can be referred to as the level of words' clarity and their mode of presentation. Setting is the place or period or circumstance surrounding the event of the poem "Salute To The Elephant" has a rural forest setting. Mood is the mental or emotional state of the character in the poem. "To His Coy Mistress" has a worry mood. There are over 500 figures of speech or poetic devices but as a beginner you can at first get familiar with the common ones like simile, metaphor, imagery, personification, litotes, irony and see whether you can find few of them in the poem you're analyzing; later you can start learning the remaining like merism, zuegma, anachronism, etc.

To analyze the connotation and denotation, you must understand what two words mean. Connotation is the deeper meaning, literary meaning, suggested meaning, implied meaning of a poem. Denotation is the surface meaning, explicit meaning, literal meaning of a poem; this where you figure the themes of the poem and its subject matter. You can explain the denotation of a poem by narrating the account of the poem in a prose form and while doing so, you must endeavor to shed light on some ambiguities in the poem.

There are so many categories for poem: religious, political, natural, romantic, lusty, lullaby, teenage, war, friendship, horror, crime, sport, travel, humor, etc. You identify where the poem belong. Poem can belong to more than one category. "Snake" by D.H. Lawrence should go under the category for nature. "A Taxi Driver On His Death" by Timothy Wangusa should be placed under the travel category.

You have any poem that looks similar either in message or style with the one you're analyzing then it is a good idea to compare and contrast. "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost is similar to "Parable" by William Soutar. "Richard Cory" by Edward A. Robinson is similar to "The Icon Of My Town" by Samuel C. Enunwa.

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings soaring up high)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

3 Major Poetic Devices In Vanity By Birago Diop

3 MAJOR POETIC DEVICES IN VANITY BY BIRAGO DIOP

[feel free to read Breath By Birago Diop]

In the poem Vanity by Birago Diop, there are three major poetic devices that gave the poem her grandeur. These are (1) Imagery (2) Repetition (3) Rhetorical Question.

Before we examine the great impact these three poetic devices have on the poem, naijapoets.com takes a look at the several poetic devices in the poem.


(1) Alliteration: The repetition of consonants at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding, or at a short interval. In line 1 "gently gently"in line 8 "what eyes will watch" in line 15 "Dead came with their Dead" in line 25 "Did not understand our dead".


(2) Imagery: This is the use of word in giving vivid picture of an occasion or object or person. In line four "sad complaining voices of beggars" it describes how the voices of the people in the poem look like. "Just as our fears were deaf" is a simile and imagery telling the readers how oblivion the people in the poem were. In line 14 "the black depths of our plaintive throats?" is also an imagery among many that exist in the poem.

[The poem, Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti also has huge imageries]

(3) Metaphor: This' an indirect comparison which opposes simile that uses "like" and "as" to create its own comparison. In line 4 of the poem "voices of beggars" in line 14 "plaintive throats" in line 9 "the laughter of big children".


(4) Repetition: In the poem, there are repetin tioof words, phrases and lines. "Gengly" "what" "our" "laughter" "mouth" are few words repeated in the poem. There are partial repetition of lines, for instance: line 3 and 5 repeat "who... will hear... without laughter" in line 8 and 10 "what eyes will watch our ... mouths" in line 17 and 19 "just as our ears were deaf" in line 21 and 24 "in the air, in the water, where they have traced their signs".


(5) Rhetorical Question: This' a question posed by a character in a poem which will have no response at all. "Who indeed will hear them without laughter?" line 5, "What eyes will watch our bad mouths?" Other rhetorical questions are in line 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 29.


As said earlier, imagery, repetition and rhetorical questions are the three major poetic devices that aided the sweetness of the poem, the rest devices pillared the three. A vivid look at the simile, metaphor, and personification within the poem, one will see that they all assisted the use of imageries and the cases of alliterations and assonances that existed in the poem; they helped in making the words and lines repetition more accommodating to the readers hearing. The imageries and the repetition also helped in the usage of rhetorical questions.

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings soaring)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Analysis Of To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvel

ANALYSIS OF TO HiS COY MISTRESS BY ANDREW MARVELL (1621-1678)

The poem was written in an iambic tetrameter with a rhyme couplet. It told a story of a man in love with a very coy maiden who so cherished her virtue and unwilling to sacrifice it for romantic love or lust.

The man had to woo and persuade with reasons why they should fall in love and "roll all our strength and all our sweetness up into one ball and tear our pleasures with rough strife through the iron gates of life"

There are (1) theme of romantic love or lust (2) theme of human mortality and its effect on beauty (3) them of time and its effect on human existence


First stanza of the poem was devoted to reveal the level of love the poem speaker had for the coy mistress "my vegetable love should grow/ vaster than empires and more slow" line 11 and 12. He further showed that his love for the coy mistress was not only because of her beauty "but thirty thousand to the rest / an age at least to every part/ and the last age should show your heart/ for lady, you deserve this state/ nor would I love at lower rate."


Human mortality and its effect on beauty was another theme in the poem. He revealed in the second stanza that when the coy mistress die without loving him, her beauty will turn to waste and her so cherished virtue " worms shall try/ and that long preserved virginity/ and your quaint honour turn to dust/ and ashes all my lust"


The theme of time and its effect on was evident in the poem. The poet or poem speaker made it known that time was something the had no control over "had we but world enough and time/ this coyness, lady were no crime" line 1 and 2. "But at my back I always hear/ time's winged chariot hurrying near" line 21 and 22.

Few of the figures of speech are:

Alliteration in line 2 "coyness, lady were no crime" in line 3 was "which way" in line 20 was "love at lower rate"

Allusion was in line 5 to line 10

Imageries seen in virtually all the lines of the poem gave the readers a clear knowledge of the message "in thy marble vault" line 26 of the poem " the grave is a fine and private place" in line 32 "than languish in his slow-chapped power" in line 40.

Metaphor in line 11 "vegetable love" comparing his love to vegetables growing. "Deserts of vast eternity" in line 24

Personification "before us lie deserts of vast eternity" "while the youthful hue sits on thy skin" And Simile in line 34 "on thy skin like morning dew".

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings soaring)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Colour By Wale Ogunwole

Every time I see the sunshine I wonder,
Why our blessed nation is going asunder.
If the birds in the sky,
Could treasure their nest till they die
With undisguised pride and honour,
Regardless of their feathers' colour,
What becomes of us black
That cherish not our mother's back?
I am black and am proud,
In the crowd I will say it loud
To us I will say it first,
Save another day for the west.
Cause I need no embassies
For the sun that shines in America,
Is the same that shines in Africa
So take away my fame
It will bring no shame
Take away my lover,
And even make my life over
But take away not my colour,
Cause in it lays my honour.
©Wale Ogunwole (a BDS graduate of University of Ibadan)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Preoccupation Of Lenrie Peters In The Panic Of Growing Older

Lenrie Peters preoccupation in the poem: "The Panic Of Growing Older" can be considered as how some factors (time,ambition,hope,etc) affect the adult stage of human beings.

Lenrie Peters, the author of the poem, took age 20 upwards as his case study to show how the events of adulthood unfold. He revealed that a person begins adulthood with beautiful hopes:
"at twenty
stilled by hope
of gigantic success
and exploration"

Ten years later, one has gained the achievement of raising a family (which is not an achievement at all because such will surely occur as an adult), one becomes unnecessarily busy in domesticity that won't give room of seeing the moon, one begins to suffer emotional pains due to inability to achieve exp

Monday, July 20, 2015

Poetic Figures And Forms In Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara



As we've already known that Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara is a culturally oriented poem comparing the poet's past and present experiences. In looking at the figures and form of the poem, will it be perfect to refer to the poem as a non metred free verse? Yes.

Judging from the definition of free verse ("vers libre" in French language), any poem with no particular rhythm or metre and without a rhyme scheme can be referred to as a free verse. It is vivid how Gabriel Okara with this poem imitated Walt Whitman in creating impossible effects far beyond the boundaries that even blank verses can cross.

Gabriel Okara employed beautiful imageries an

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What Do You Like About Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti

There are so much to be liked about the poem; starting from The title of the poem, The fusion of repetition and metaphor to create perfect imageries, The rural depiction within the poem, The use of nature to draw the poem closer to reality, etc.

Let's broaden them one after the other. The title of the poem speaks openly the intention of the poem. It reveals that danger is embedded in the poem and there will be hunters (giant hawk, giant whale) and preys (the people, the sinker) in the poem.

Another thing to be liked about Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti is how the poet manage to join repetition and personification in creating perfect imageries. "The land" was repeated many times in the poem while serving as metaphors. Example is "The land is a giant whale", "The land is a saber toothed tiger", "The land is a giant hawk", etc.

It became evident in the poem that the poem held a rural setting with the usage of "saber toothed tiger that cries deep in the glade/ while infants shudder home" and "lies patiently ahead/awaiting in ambush"; is worthy of creating likeness in a reader.

The poet drew the poem close reality with the use of nature and natural things. Things like animals (whale, tiger, hawk, etc) and natural things (dusk, space, dreams, etc) made the poem take the look of reality and could be easily related to what readers must have seen or may possibly see.

Ambush is an awesome poem and it a very intelligent poet as Gbemisola Adeoti to have written such.

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying high)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Analysis Of Life In Our Village By Markwei Martie

In our little village
When elders are around,
Boys must not look at girls
And girls must not look at boys
Because the elders say
That is not good.

Even wn night comes
Boys must play separately,
Girls must play separately.
But humanity is weak
So boys and girls meet.

The boys play hide and seek
And the girls play hide and seek.
The boys know where the girls hide
And the girls know where the boys hide_
So in their hide and seek,
Boys seek girls,
And each to each sing
Songs of love.
©Markwei Martie

The author of the poem, Life In Our Village, is a Ghanaian poet and writer, he later took to religious path and career.

Looking at the poem which has 3 stanzas of unequal lines, the first stanza talks about the reason why boys and girls must not play together, the second stanza stated the reason why boys and girls didn't heed the advice and played together, the final stanza was about the outcome of the boys and girls play together.

The spoke of reality in an entertaining way. It held a classic rural setting (like in the days when moon

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Analysis Of Agbor Dancer By John Pepper Clark

Let's together look at this great poem of John Pepper Clark titled: AGBOR DANCER.

The poem holds a description of Agbor girl doing a traditional dance, moving in response to rhythm of the drums in a very dazzling and magestic way.

The poem speaker made known his own interest in the values represented by this dance by expressing his desire to join the dance that involves earth, sky and flesh or entire life of the people.

Agbor Dancer is a poem written in 4 stanzas with 5 lines each. The first stanza described the dancing girl and the drum that produced the music she dances to, stressing the way her whole person was absorbed in the dance while the second and third stanza looked at the body movement of the dancer while dancing and then move on to the unity betw

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What Are The Theme In The Anvil And The Hammer By Kofi Awoonor

This post tends to point at few themes in the Kofi Awoonor's "The Anvil And The Hammer"; in order to get larger discussion about the poem [check complete analysis of the anvil and the hammer by kofi awoonor]

"Caught between the anvil and the hammer
In the forging house of a new life,
Transforming the pangs that delivered me
Into the joy of new songs
The trapping of the past, tender and tenuous
Woven with fibre of sisal and
Washed in the blood of the goat in the fetish hut
Are laced with the flimsy glories of paved streets
The jargon of a new dialectic comes with the
Charisma of the perpetual search on the outlaw’s ..." is a two stanza poem with a political setting.

Simple languages and imageries of the poem help the symbolisms embedded within. The candid tone of the poem speaker proved a feeling of triumph.

Let's take this moment to enjoy the Theme of Cultural Contrast (which can also be called Clash of

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Describe The Feelings Of The Poet In Dry Your Tears Africa By BernardDadie

Like every long travel (the case where someone has been away for a very long time) part of the feelings such a person will develop are naka ot so different from the ones the poet developed before writing or composing this poem.

Bernard Binlin Dadie, an ivorian poet, wrote this masterpiece to prove to Africa,his motherland, that he had compared home and abroad and realised that home is better; he even mentioned how waste of time, travelling has been in line 3 and 10; "Out of the storm and squalls of fruitless journeys"

The feelings of the poet in "Dry Your Tears, Africa" brought about the following themes: the theme of assurance, nost

Monday, July 6, 2015

Deep Analysis Of Post Mortem By Wole Soyinka

Post Mortem was written by the Nigerian world class poet, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

Denotation
The poem began with the poem speaker, preferring dead plants to dead human beings because human beings become stiff and cold "in the cold hand of death..."(line 4) and everything in them become opposite: their talking become "cotton filled", their manhood or man-pike become small like larva of an insect.

The poem speaker in the third and forth stanza revealed the futility of post mortem where the dead man's head was hollowed and his brain was scaled when death had already done a damage no medical practitioners could recover.

The poem ended with the encourag

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Analysis Of The School Boy By William Blake

For broader understanding,
[naijapoets recommend you read:- The Summary and Themes Of The Schoolboy]

The Poem
"I love to rise in a summer morn,
Where the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!

But to go to school in a summer morn
O it drives all joy way!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little one spends the day
In sighing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Things I've Learned (by Missdestiny)

I've learned that knowing "what matters most", seldom happens until it's too late.

That success isn't measured in dollars or assets, but in the company you keep and how much you laugh each day.

That if you can't stay lovers, you should at least stay friends - and if you can't, it was probably never?true love to begin with.

That the best friends are the old ones. They knew you then and still see the "real you" now, even when you're pretend

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

20 Places To Find Inspiration To Write Poem



Anytime I think of myself as an angel,
Poetry comes to me easily.
Libraries bring me poetry,
And anytime I open the scriptures
Hardly finish the verses to derail to poetry.

Studying brings me more inadvertent inspirations
So I study and play with parodies
I practice more forms of poetry
I read history journals
I read science journals
I read anthing far from literature
And sure like miracles
I see inspirations come

Anytime I view the greens
With the eyes of botanist,
I see inspirations come.

Anytime I view the furs
With the eyes of zoologist,
I see insp

Monday, June 29, 2015

Analysis Of Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti

PURPOSE:-
This article will speak of the poet, the themes, the mood, the figures of speech, etc.


SUITABILITY:-
This article is suitable for; (a) All lovers of poetry (b) All lovers of Literature-In-English (c) Students for WASSE/WAEC, NECO, GCE, A-LEVEL, IJAMB examination (d) Students of English Language And Literature In Universities, Polythenics, Colleges of Educations, etc.

ANALYSIS OF THE POEM AMBUSH:-
Ambush is a poem written by Gbemisola Adeoti, a teacher, poet, editor, author, etc. He is a Nigerian belonging to Yoruba ethnic group. A member of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Gbemisola Adeoti works as a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Ambush has four themes: (1) the theme of hopelessness (2) the theme of helplessness (3) the theme of danger (4) the theme of deceit.
Hopelessness in a nation full of hardworking people appeared in the language of the poem speaker. With the use of symbolism, whale s

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What Is Freedom In Letter To Martha 17 By Dennis Brutus

Letter To Martha 17 written by Dennis Brutus is a great poem that revealed that one never misses a good thing till it departs. The poem speaker found importance in things that never amounted to anything.

The major theme of the poem is freedom. Because of imprisonment, the poem spea

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How Can You Explain Nostalgia In Birches By Robert Frost

Nostalgic feeling partially surfaced in the poem Birches by Robert Frost in line 23 to 24, "I should prefer to have some boy bend them/ As he went out and in to fetch the cows_"
partially making reference to the nature of his own background as a rural boy who played alone swinging the birch trees remembering how the pleasure used to be "riding them down over and over again/ Until he took the stiffness out

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Serving Girl By Gladys Casely-Hayford

The tone of the poem is sweet and that of praise. The tone glorified the beauty of "The Serving Girl" since ladies eyes are part of the factors that determine their beauty. The tone of the poem also praised the deligence and carefulness of the serving girl.

The setting of the poem is rural. What do I mean by setting? A setting of a poem is the time, place, circustances surrounding the scenario(s) of a poem. Looking at the poem, it is vivid that where the serving girl performed her service was local because the palm wine she served was from a "sleeping palm tree"(line 6) and she served the "food" of her customers or guests

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Breaths By Birago Diop


image is from urbansamurai website

Listen more often to things rather than beings.
Hear the fire's voice,
Hear the voice of the water.
In the wind hear the sobbing of the trees,
It is our forefathers breathing.

The dead are not gone for ever.
They are in the paling shadows,
And in the da

How Suitable Is The Title Vanity By Birago Diop?

The poem Vanity was written by Birago Diop, the author of a poetry book titled: Lures And Glimmers (1960). Birago Diop wasn't just a poet, he was a veterinarian and was once an ambassador of Senegal to Tunisia. He was born 11/11/1906 but died 10/11/1989.

I prefer the poem Breaths by Birago Diop  to the poem Vanity by Birago Diop but considering the title of the poem Vanity, how suitable is it to the context of the poem?

There was no direct display of vanity in the poem because the twenty nine lines of the poem were written without a single word called vanity, but the poem speaker painted the pi

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Analysis Of Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day

As we cherish and praise William Shakespeare for his sonnet 18, let's not forget Giacomo da Lentini, also known as Jacopo (il) Notaro, an Italian poet of the 13th century, who invented sonnet.

Like most of the 154 Shakespearian sonnets, sonnet 18 was also speaking of love. That is why the theme of love, the theme of immunity and the theme of immortality can be found in the poem.

Some new generation pupils might find it hard to understand the language of the poem because it's archaic. We refer to it as the Elizabethan English; except for those familiar with the old king James Version of the Holy Bible.

The language of this sonnet is said to be the simplest in comparison with other Shakespearean sonnets. The tone is calm with an optimistic mood of assurance.

Let's look at the themes:
The Theme Of Love:
Shakespeare revealed his love through the image of beauty, simplicity and certainty. He compared his lover to "...a summer's day?/ thou art more lovely and more

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Analysis Of The Poem Passion Flower By Christopher Okigbo



  • According the article of St. John D. Parsons, "Christopher Okigbo originally wrote Passion Flower as a continuation of his poem "Sacrifice" in the series called Heavengate.

    [View The Poem Passion Flower by Christopher Okigbo]

    The passion flower is so named because its parts are said to resemble ceetain aspect of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, e.g. the corona represents the crown of thorns, the pistil and stamens the nails of the cross, and the sepals and petals the apostles. The passion refers to the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death.

    In line 3, Lacrimae Christi is a Latin meaning "the tears of Christ". "dumb bell" in line 6 referred to the practice in the Roman Catholic Church where bell are not rung between Maundy Thursday and the first Mass on Easter Sunday. Messiah in line 8 pointed at the expected King and Savior (Jesus Christ). "after the argument in heaven" which appeared in line 9 of the poem was looking at the shaking of the powers of heaven referred to in The Gospel According to St. Luke, Chapter 21, verse 26, prior to the coming of the Son of Man, described in verse 27.

    Lumen mundi is also a latin, meaning the Light of the World ( Jesus Christ). "Penitence"(line 11) meant sorrow for faults or sins. "palm grove"(line 14) meant the place of sacrifice. In line 15, "vegetable offering" the fruits of the earth that are being sacrificed, that is, palm oil, kola nuts, alligator pepper and eggs of white hens. "five fingers of chalk" in line 16-17 referred to the sacrificial chalk which is sold in "fingers". The prodigal uses five of these for his sacrifice because his own personal symbol is the pentagon (see the poem Sacrifice):

    'on palm beam imprinted
    my pentagon_'"

    Christopher Okigbo before killed in 1967 in Biafra war, was a Secretary, a Latin teacher, a librarian, a West African representative of Cambridge University Press. He was a graduate of University of Ibadan and was born in 1932 in Anambra state.

    READ MORE CLASSIC POEM [Post Mortem by Wole Soyinka]

    Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
    (the Leo with wings flying to skying)
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Themes of Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara

    Gabriel Okara, the writer of "Piano and Drum" was born in Bayelsa state, Nigeria in 1921. A novelist and a poet; he was once a civil servant. His poem "Piano and Drums" was well beautified with imagery and symbolism.

    The themes of the poem can be divided into three: (1) Childhood reminiscence and its effect (2) Complexity of the present and future (3) Dilemma.


      Childhood reminiscence and its effect

    Since the poem is about the poet's experience with two different cultures or lifestyles, the poet used the experience of his village background to depict African culture which he grew up with, while comparing it to his present civilized way of living.
    The poem speaker was reminded of his/her "primal youth and the beginning" through the quietness of the early to morning river and the echoing forest. While at the riverside, the poem speaker could "hear jungle drums telegraphing/the mystic rhythm..." (Line 2 & 3) and other things like panther, leopard, hunters crouching

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Figure of Speech Questions and Answers

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    NOTE:-
    Figures of speech can never be ignored in a very well crafted literature. No matter the case, these are mostly found in both written and oral literature:-
    (1) SIMILE; a direct comparison between two things of different nature or class but with similarity in attribute. The comparison is made by using "as" or "like".
    (2) PERSONIFICATION; is the representation of an object or ideal with a human quality.
    (3) METAPHOR; an indirect comparison between two things having no common ground for comparison.
    (4) ALLITERATION; a repetitive use of the same consonant sound at the beginning of two or more words on the same line.

    Homecoming By Lenrie Peters



    The present reigned supreme
    Like the shallow floods over the gutters
    Over the raw paths where we had been,
    The house with the shutters.

    Too strange the sudden change
    Of the times we buried when we left
    The times before we had properly arranged
    The memories that we kept.

    Our sapless roots have fed
    The wind-swept seedlings of another age.
    Luxuriant weeds

    Monday, June 8, 2015

    The Tether Will Suffer The Wear And The Tear

    akoli penoukou naijapoets

    NOTE: "The tether will suffer the wear and the tear" is a handsome funny poem written by Akoli Penoukou; a Togolese teacher, poet and businessman born 1953. Akoli has been a motivator and mentor to many adults and youths (both home and abroad) with writings and way of life_ not excluding his alluring smile. It wouldn't be a hyperbole to say Akoli Penoukou is cu

    Connotation And Denotation Of Futility By Wilfred Owen



    Futility happens to be a poem written by Wilfred Owen, English poet and soldier who was born in March 18, 1893 at Oswestry, Shropshire England but died in November 4, 1918 at Sambre Oise Canal France. Owen was said to have started poetry at the age of 17, today, he's still remembered for his beautiful war poems like "Anthem Of Doomed Youth" "Dulce et Decorum est". This post is to look at the denotation and connotation of the poem Futility.

    DENOTATION:
    The poem of two stanzas revealed in the first stanza where the poem speaker request

    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    Common Poetry Questions And Answers

    1.) The genre of literature that focuses more on the use of lines and verses is called POETRY.

    2.) When a poet intentionally omits word(s) in a poem, it is called ELLIPSIS

    3.) The way or manner a poet has decided to put across his message is called STYLE

    4.) A poem of sorr

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Examining Daffodil By William Wordsworth


    times13 photo

    The poem revealed the level of mesmerism the poet had when met with a dazzling nature acting under the cause and effect mechanism. Readers are meant to see how an inanimate can communicate beautifully with

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    Analysis Of Storm In The Black Forest By D.H. Lawrence

    The poem was written at nighttime_ I guess_ when it was about to rain.

    I supposed that D. H. Lawrence picked his paper and pen when the effect of thunder lightning on rain marvelled him.

    It was shown in the second and third stanzas of the poem:
    "And as the electric liquid pours out, sometimes
    a still brighter white snake wriggles among it, spilled
    and tumbling wriggling

    Sunday, March 8, 2015

    The Poetic Analysis Of The Poem Ambassador Of Poverty Written By JosephOnome

    NOTE: The post you are about to read was written by JOSEPH ONOME @fungistcrib website, always make sure after you read this post click the link and read more poetic analysis. Joseph Onome is professional when it comes to writing poetic analysis

    THE POETIC ANALYSIS:
    This post is actually for Jamb candidates writing Literature in English in the forth coming Exam...
    I was able to dig into some books and atleast i've revisions of poems and the recommended Books.This is just my first token of help...


    Ambassadors of poverty
    Written by Philip Umeh.

    Poetic analysis
    The poem is a long narrative and comprehensive Poem. it tells of corruption ravaging our society, caused by our actions, individually or collectively.
    The poem makes us understand that we are all reponsible for the problems we face.

    "ambassadors of poverty are
    all of us whose in-actions
    steal our collective joy..."

    Ambassadors are agents and representatives of government in foriegn lands. The poem illustrates ambassadors as any group of persons serving others, not for the good of the people but for their own interests. in the poem, they are seen as enemies of the economy. because the funds taken away into foriegn accounts, aids in the development the foriegn country while the local economy suffers.

    "Who boost the economy o the colonial order
    to impoverish brothers and siss at home"

    The second stanza examines those who sit in offices for their own interests. They are the "Barons of Incompetence". The rest stanzas harp on political thugs, coupists and all other economic saboteurs, working against the interest of the economy. and our inability to fight against evil makes us partakers. The poems however tries to make us understand that whether we are actively involved in the degrading of our country or not, we all are ambassadors of Poverty.

    Notify me if you need the themes and poetic devices.

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