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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 Panic Of Growing Older by Lenrie Peters.

The poem: Ambush has "political disorderliness" or "bad governance" as its subject matter. The land governed is full of helplessness and deceitness in disastrous and chaotic situations.

The poem: Vanity has "negligence and injustice" as its subject matter. The calls and the cries of the poet and his people were not reckoned with and such led to the increment in their ruins.

The poem: Piano And Drums has "the juxtaposition of past and present" as its subject matter. The poet expressed his past experiences and his present situation leading to unknown future.

The poem: The Anvil And The Hammer has "the juxtaposition of past and present" as its subject matter. The poet speaker compared his past socio-political life with that of his present.

The poem: The Panic Of Growing Older has "the varying challenges of adulthood" as its subject matter. Amongst those challenges are societal expectations, clumsy ambitions, anticipated achievements, etc.

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
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