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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Analysis of Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh by Femi Fani Kayode

THE ANALYSIS:-

"Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh" is a descriptive love poem that embraced the instrument of praise and prayer.

The most part of the poem described Femi Fani Kayode's Katerina as an extraordinary beauty; using the same hyperbolical language of William Shakespeare's craftiness. The ending part of the poem carry some hope words that are tabled in form of prayer.

Few of the poetic devices in the poem are enjambment (as ideas or expressions flow beyond a single line), simile (many comparisons are made in the poem using "like" for instance "Your

Monday, November 28, 2016

Analysis Of Ozymandias By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Analysis of ozymandias by percy bysshe chelley
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Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley in terms of the antique trait of the poem, it reminds me of the poem titled "Relic" by Ted Hughes. There are two different sonnets having the same title (Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Ozymandias by Horace Smith) but the one on our discussion table is about one of the sculpt images of the Greek ruler found by an archeologist in a desert which assumed to be a kingdom gone to extinction.
The image was a shattered statue remaining only the face of the Greek king. Where beneath the stone image was written:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

The poem titled "Ozymandias" is a sonnet, written in loose iambic pentameter, where the first stanza has eight lines and six lines for the second stanza. Most sonnets end in a rhyming couplet but this is an exception. Both stanzas are dedicated to the description of the stone image. In stanza one, readers are given a clear picture of how the statue was found, the damage that had befallen the statue, the pride and arrogance portrayed by the statue, etc.

The following are the themes of the poem:-
(1) Futility of wealth and status: With the little that is left to remind the

Monday, November 21, 2016

Analysis Of O Captain My Captain By Walt Whitman

Structurally, this twenty four line poem is divided into three equal stanza of eight lines per stanza. For the record, Walt Whitman is known for his unpredictable rhythm and rhyme scheme. Though the poem has some evidence of end rhyme scheme,  word arrangement looks wobbling and irregular like the current of the ocean. It is no surprise that the poem took such arrangement since the poem has a sea setting with the use of words such as "shore" "ship" "Captain" "vessel" "voyage" "deck".

This poem falls under the category of war poem but the fact that it is an elegy cannot be denied. The poem speakers indirectly mourns the death of his captain who has fallen in battle. Speaking with ignorance, the poet calls on his dead captain as he was sleeping, asking him to rise up; after which he tells the readers through his contrasting refrain that "...my Captain lies/ Fallen cold and dead".

In stanza 1, the speaker notifies his captain that the battle is over and won. Stanza 2 tells the captain of the crowd at shore happily ready to celebrate with him. Stanza 3 is where the speaker of the poem hit the nail in the head by coming into reality:
"My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Analysis Of Advertising By A S J Tessimond

Literature is the mirror of life and poetry is a vital element for its reflections. A. S. J. Tessimond in the poem "Advertising" showcased what the motive behind advertisements in a poetic way. The poet prove that advert is conversion (it shows the seller has better knowledge than the consumer in terms of the products that will be of usefulness to the consumer)

The use of punctuation marks in the poem signifies a lot. Question mark used in line 10 is basically to clear the buyers' doubt on the hyperbole seen between lines 9-10 (Who tells you that ten million men have long/ Called a stone bread_ and can ten million men be wrong?) Exclamation mark used in lines 3-4 is to command the actions, to compel the emotions, to further push the desires of the buyer.

In accordance with the voice of the poem speaker, the poem has an affirming, commanding, and assuring tone. Like a soothsayer, the voice of the poem shows that the seller or advertiser knows the buyer or consumer better than himself or herself. With the use of metaphors the speaker placed himself or herself higher than the buyer by saying:
"I am your wish and I its answer.
I am the drum and you the dancer.
I am the trumpet-voice, the Stentor.
I am temptation, I the Mentor"

The quoted lines above also carry some anaphora. There are instances of word repetition; words like "voice" "men" "save" "spend" "turning". Alliterations in the poem are "gleam or glint" in line 1. "the almost-gems

Monday, November 14, 2016

Analysis Of Ode To The West Wind By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy B. Shelley was an English Romantic poet born on the 4th of August 1792 at West Sussex, England. He died at the tender age of 29 years old on the 8th of July 1822 in Italy.

Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a praise poem written to portray the sweetness of influence and power possession though many poetry analysts have suggested all sorts of motives. Some have claimed it's an elegy others have claimed otherwise; amidst diverse claims, what if Wikipedia has things to say?

Which brings us to the question: what does wikipedia has to say about the motive of Shelley in the poem "Ode to the West Wind"? The knowledge archive stood on the fact that the poet's previous poems (The Masque of Anarchy, Prometheus Unbound, and England in 1819) share the same subject opinion with the one on discussion

Friday, November 4, 2016

Compare And Contrast Birches By Robert Frost And The Schoolboy byWilliam Blake

Differences:-
(1) Background. The poets share differences in territorial background; William Blake was an English poet born in Broadwick St. Soho, London. While Robert Frost was an American poet born in San Francisco, California.

(2) Plot. Both poems go different direction in terms of narration. The Schoolboy by William Blake talks about child who preferred informal education to the mandatory formal education enforced on him by his parents; while Birches by Robert Frost speaks of his delightful childhood experience of swinging birches

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Analysis Of Vanity By Birago Diop

Birago Diop is one among the poets of culture. The following poems of his_ Vanity, Breath, etc. are prove of his love for African customs and norms. He was a Senegalese poet of African folktales and folklores who lived between 11 December 1906 and 25 November 1989. Till this day, his name has never been undermined when mentioning the pioneer figures of the Négritude literary movement.

As a faithful steward of African tutelage, Birago Diop understood the implications of paying deaf ears and lip services to the deep rooted ways of the forefathers. In the poem vanity, Birago Diop cried out his regrets for himself and the contemporary Africans who have belittled the African tradition by cherishing and glorifying the alien cultural lifestyle. He didn't forget to mention that those who had downgraded their African root suffered it; leaving the signs of their punishment everywhere:
"Just as our ears were deaf
To their cries, to their wild appeals
They have left on the earth their cries
In the air, on the water, where they have traced their signs
For us blind deaf and unworthy Sons"

This thirty line poem, chopped into multiple stanzas, has an unhappy tone and candidly

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Analysis Of Leaving Town By James Reeves


Leaving Town by James Reeves is a fourteen-line descriptive poem. It describes the reactions of people of a certain town (referred to as "we') who aims to leave the town after a certain natural disaster (maybe earthquake or volcano) but their attempts seems hopeless as a result of the huge damage and rush of people to escape.
The poem is straightforward. The line one of the poem opposes the title of the poem. Though the poem is titled "Leaving Town" but the opening line of the poem immediately tells the reader that such will not happen: "It was impossible to leave the town"(says line 1) then the further part of the poem shows the reasons behind the impossibility. From the tone of the poet, it is evident that impatience has mixed with confusion in their state of urgency; escape is necessary but unattainable.
"We finished in a little cul-de-sac" (in line 11)
According to the dictionary, a cul-de-sac is a street with an opening at one end only; a blind alley.
In respect to line 11, the poet says that the damage turns the town into a one way street having a bottleneck entrance and exit as a result of the congested traffic.
"And like Hesperides the suburbs seemed"
The line means that the

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Deep Analysis Of Preludes By T. S. Eliot

According to the English Dictionary from wiktionary.org, "Prelude is an introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface." In that wise, the title of the poem suggests the poet's motivation towards creating the popular poem "Preludes".
No wonder the poet concluded the poem metaphorically by comparing the rotational flow of each day to the consistently laborious ancient women: "The worlds revolve like ancient women/ Gathering fuel in vacant lots". Still on the title of the poem, the poet pluralised the title to show how continuous and consistent the events of days are.
Preludes by T. S. Eliot is a poem that reflects on the monotonously programmed phases of earthly day-by-day; using the dusk to dawn issues (as the dusk introduces humans to the end of a day so does the dawn introduces humans to the beginning of a new day then in such manner the earthly wheel of time moves on). The poem is divided into four (4) parts: part 1 about dusk for instance line 1-4 "The winter evening settles down/ With smell of steaks in passageways/ Six o’clock/ The burnt-out ends of smoky days". Part 2 about dawn for instance line 14-16 "The morning comes to consciousness/ Of faint stale smells of beer/ From the sawdust-trampled street". Part 3 about nighttime for instance line 24-26 "You tossed a blanket from the bed/ You lay upon your back, and waited/ You dozed, and watched the night revealing". Part for 4 about daytime for instance the rest of the lines "His soul stretched tight across the skies/ That fade behind a city block/ Or trampled by insistent feet/ At four and five and six o’clock/ And short square fingers stuffing pipes/ And evening newspapers, and eyes/ Assured of certain certainties/ The conscience of a blackened street/ Impatient to assume the world/ I am moved by fancies that are curled/ Around these images, and cling/ The notion of some infinitely gentle/ Infinitely suffering thing/ Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh/ The worlds revolve like ancient women/ Gathering fuel in vacant lots ".
Judging from

Rainy Season Love Song by Acquah Laluah

Out of the tense awed darkness my Frangipani comes
While the blades of Heaven flash round her and the roll of thunder drums
My young heart leaps and dances with exquisite joy and pain
As storm within and storm without I meet my love in the rain

The rain is in love with you darling: 'tis kissing you everywhere
Rain pattering o'er your small brown feet rain in your curly hair
Rain in the vale that your twin breasts make as in delicate mounds they rise
I hope there is rain in your heart Frangipani as rain half fills your eyes

Into my arms she cometh and the lightning of my desire
Flashes and leaps about her more subtle than Heaven's fire.
"The lightning's in love with you darling it is loving you so much
That its electricity pulses in you wherever I may touch.

When I kiss your lips and your eyes and your hands like twin flowers apart
I know there is lightning

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Analyzed Somewhere I Have Never Travelled Gladly Beyond By E. E.Cummings

E. E. Cummings is an American poet painter, essayist, author, and a playwright. Judging by the dominance of the theme of love in most of his poetry crafts, Cummings should be called the Shakespeare among his poetry colleagues.
The poem "Somewhere I Have Never Traveled Gladly Beyond" tells of the immense power of love with the alluring image of "eyes" and "rose" and "rain" and "flower". Such theme is largely covered in this poem of twenty lines divided into five stanzas of four lines per stanza.
The first stanza says of the attraction caused by seductive eyes and gesture which the poet has never before witnessed.
According to the second stanza, the feelings the poet tried to hide due to fear and shyness are forced open the same way a Spring time opens her first rose so (touching skilfully,mysteriously).
In stanza

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Character And Significance Of Mary Dalton In Native Son By RichardWright

The problem of Bigger Thomas was simply of dissatisfaction until he came into proximity with Mary Dalton which broaden his criminal trait by turning him into a murderer.
The impact of Mary Dalton in the novel cannot be overemphasized knowing that Native Son by Richard Wright is a story that narrates relationship differences in terms of race, status, and ideology; therefore the murder of Mary Dalton via suffocation made the storyline more intense and interesting.
"I've been to England, France, and Mexico, but I don't know how people live ten blocks from me" said Mary in page 101. Her statement was a prove of huge class differences in the novel.
In an environment where the white is superior to the black and any complain of

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Panic Of Growing Older By Lenrie Peters

The Panic of Growing Older is a poem that can be categorized under growth and living. Its context is partly scientific and mainly biological since biology is the study of all life or living matters.
This poem is a creative effort of Lenrie Peters (1932 - 2009), a multi talented Gambian citizen who was widely known to be an author, a singer, a broadcaster, and to crown it all; a medical doctor.
The poem tabled the human sequences of aging and its accompanied fear. An adult in his twenties_ uses his one sided view of life, to occupy himself with sweet simple fantasized gigantic expectations until he clocks thirty and then reality begins to set in. All the simple expectations and hopes seem hard to attain while aging approach quicker than blinks.
With the sincere tone of the poem, a sober mood of realization is created through the 32 lines of the poem; in which the 8 stanzas are quatrains mostly linked by enjambments.
Stanzaic summary:-
Stanza 1 means that the fear of aging increases by year. Stanza 2 implies that one will be filled with sweet hope at twenty. Stanza 3 says the expectations began to wane. Stanza 4 adds more implication of growing older where one has long hours

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Analysis Of In The Navel Of The Soul By Kobena Acquah

Ideological differences can be seen in the poem titled: In The Navel Of The Soul by Kobena Acquah as the voice of the poem favours the traditional way in comparison with the scientific way. This is also another poem with a cultural clash; almost similar to poems like The Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor, Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara, Young Africa's Plea by Dennis Osadebay, etc. The issue of pregnancy detection is the discussion in the poem where pregnancy is determined through the local African way while western scientific way says opposite leading to the argument of proficiency.
Kobena Eyi Acquah is a Ghanaian poet born in the year 1952. He is also a legal practitioner educated at the University of Ghana and the Ghana Law School. Now it is no surprise that Kobena created a poem with a debatable opinion or view.
A quick summary of the eight stanzas of the poem "In The Navel Of The Soul" go thus:-
Stanza one says that it is possible for a traditional birth-giver to detect pregnancy by a mere touch on the tommy.
The stanza two say that the medical practitioner's urine test, accompanied with other biological signs and observation say negative.
Then the third stanza says but the traditional birth-giver can feel a baby in

Monday, October 10, 2016

Harvest Of Corruption By Frank Ogbeche (2 Themes)

This post is to discuss two of the most vital themes in Harvest Of Corruption by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche. This is a drama set in Jacassa to show how greed leads to the abuse of privileges and power. There are two factions; the evildoers versus the evil-fighters.
Getting to the themes, we have:
(1) Corrupt Practices and the end results:-
In the drama, Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka took the privilege of being the Minister for External Relations as a reason to get greedy. With false promises and illicit enticements, the chief gathered people to be his "pawns"; the likes of Aloho, Ochuole, Madam Hoha, Justice Odili, the Police Commissioner, etc.
By the time the drama will draw to close, every corrupt entities have got their own shares of rewards. Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka was brought to book with the faithful assistant of ACP Yakubu, Prosecution Counsel and the rightful court of law. Chief Ade-Amaka was sentenced to twenty-five years in jail confinement with hard labour. Aloho lost her life and unwanted pregnancy. Akpara Hotel was closed and Madam Hoha was given ten years in imprisonment the same as Ochuole, etc.
(2) Morality exults in all situations:-
A moral heart never gives in to greed as seen in the drama, while Aloho was highly carried away by all that Ochuole (their ex-schoolmate) had acquired, it didn't move Ogeyi at all.
Ogeyi wasn't the only one unsatisfied with the corrupt acts going on in Jacassa, the drama showed Inspector Inaku, ACP Yakubu, even Showboy (the madman) as other characters against the injustices happening. It

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Analysis Of Tempest By Glynn Burridge

This poem by Glynn Burridge is of a sailing experience (a very stormy sailing experience). Though short (8 lines) but descriptive with the byproduct of careful imageries. The poem persona shows the relationship between sky and sea; meaning a cloudy sky can cause a stormy sea. The ship contending the storm was described as old made with woods from a long forgotten forest. The sky was described as dark and cloudy with a hovering bird called a phantom. The sea was described to be stormy, wicked and angry almost drowning the ship.
In the poem, one see the ship, the ocean, the sky, the hovering bird; all with the used image of sight and sound ("old sailing beauty" in line 1, "Yaws dizzily in her century-old duel with a drunken sea" in line 2, "wind-tormented waves and a leaden sky", "in pained falsetto", "riotous rendez-vous", etc.
The poem speaker not only view the sea as animate; metaphorically,

Friday, October 7, 2016

Song Of Sorrow 1 And 2 By Kofi Awoonor (Imagery)

Born on March 13, 1935, Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet and author well-known for combining the poetic traditions of his native Ewe with contemporary and religious symbolism to create a unique form of writing. He died after sustaining injuries during the attack by Somali militant group, al-Shabaab at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya on September 21, 2013.

"Song of Sorrow 1 and 2 is a pessimistic poem. It is a dirge in which the living blame the ancestors for the hardship and difficulties that their departure has left behind. Much of this meaning is conveyed through several important images used in the poem.

The desolation and helplessness that has occurred is presented right at the beginning of the Song of Sorrow 1 in the form of “chameleon faeces”. The image is appropriate as it conjures up the picture of something that cannot be wiped away or made clean. It is this catastrophe that is emphasized by the use of this image.

A series of other images closely associated with desolation, destruction and even death, is used in successive parts

Mad Girl's Love Song By Sylvia Plath

The speaker is a lover with a very deep feeling of love for someone (which could be male or female) the poem did not specify.
In a nut shell, Sylvia Plath wrote this poem in form of villanelle. When a poem has 6 stanzas (where the first 5 stanzas are 3 lines each and the last stanza is 4 lines) of which line 1 is repeated in line 6, 12, 18 and line 3 is repeated in line 9, 15, 19; such a poem is referred to as a villanelle.
To summarize the poem, "It seems I made you up in my brain because you left me too soon when your love inside of me was still very fresh and strong; leaving me with the hope that you shall soon come back to me until now I became old and could no longer recollect your name.
Whenever I remember how

Thursday, October 6, 2016

5 Poems Of Gabriel Eziorobo

Below are few poems of Gabriel Eziorobo:-

#1 A CLUE
I really don't know
a secret in you,
because i was a baby
in his mother womb,
for nine months
without seeing the sun,
pondering day and night
thinking of what to do,
luckily for me
i fell asleep
in a secret town
surrounded with art
full of branches
with a secret in it
i find myself
a clue in it,
with the four-letters
everything is open.

#2 LIME-LIGHT
Every time i touches the light
i see you in the lime-light of my heart,
so deep in my heart
deeper than the ocean.

Every time i wanna say hi to you,
your eyes will be sleeping
in the night
so i felt,i was a pest to you
not to allow your eyes
to sleep well in the night
so i walk away
to the mountain
to fast and pray
for you to see the lime-light
in my heart,
so deep in my heart
deeper than the ocean.

#3 LIKE A RIVER
I was angry
in and out of me,
flowing like a river
in the river-side,
where it started
like a tumour
to my heart,
my heart was full of anger,
pumping in and out of me
like a river
in the river-side,
where i find her
the guilding angel
of my heart,
she is the one
or maybe she is
the healer
of my sickness,
i was wandering
like a river
in the river-side,
i find happiness with her.

#4 THE NIGHT
The night is dark
so the beauty
of the earth
is down.

The night is scary
and those who wake-up
are the survivals.

The night is the spirit-battle
so the night ask;
how was your-night?
How many people are alive?
How many people are dead?

#5 WONDER WONDER
My heart ceases
to function
so my brain
stops to think
so i wonder wonder,
where will i be?

The beauty,
of the earth
is fading
so the birds sing ah!ah!ah!
So i wonder wonder,
what does the song mean?

The drummers drum
so the dancers dance
to the rhythm of the drum
so i wonder wonder,
what is the rhythm of the drum?

Gabriel Eziorobo is a passionate poet, short story writer, and a fictional playwright. A contemporary Nigerian literature talent. Search him on Facebook to be his fan.

Analysis of Kwashiorkor By Moses Opara

Opara introduced the readers to the poem by sharing his encounter with a beautiful child suffering from kwashiorkor down a shallow street:
"I saw a beautiful child
Down a shallow street"
The poet continues by telling the readers about the child's swollen belly, bow legs, starved head and smiles which depicted that the child wore a kwashiorkor look. All these portrayed by the poet are signs of malnutrition that leads to kwashiorkor in children:
"With swollen belly, bow legs and starved head
His smiles wore a kwashiorkor look"
The poets feels pity for the child and his/her condition of malnutrition and hunger.
The child's voice is fainting every day and his heart no longer wants to move on. He is fighting to stay alive and also fighting the fears in his heart.
The child is malnourished as a result of poverty and drought:
"With fainting voice, he sighed in his heart
He was playing with the dust of despair
Fighting the crawling

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Analysis Of Shakespeare By Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold uses the medium of his poem titled: "Shakespeare" to eulogize William Shakespeare by telling the readers about Shakespeare's life and time. The poet opens with,
"Others abide our question. Thou art free
We ask and ask, thou smiles and act still,
Out-topping knowledge for the loftiest art"
He tells us about the knowledge of Shakespeare, and how his works reflects his identity. Others can't skip their questions but he is free.
In line 4, the poet tells us that Shakespeare is like a king, and he is also steadfast and strong in his art. His dwelling place is in the heaven of heavens where he finds peace.
"Making the heaven if heavens his dwelling place
Spares but the cloudy border of his base,
To the foil searching of immortality"
The poet in eulogizing Shakespeare, said that the stars and sunbeam know him. He did not rise to prominence through school, he self-schooled, self-scanned, self-honoured and self-secured himself. He didn't allow

Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

The Nigerian poet, Gabriel Okara who wrote the popular poem "Piano and Drums" hailed from Bayelsa state. He was born in the 1921. He was once a civil servant among many other career parts.

"Piano and Drums" as poem is symbolism of the poet's dilemma in a position of cultural clash. The idea of cultural clash is the motivating or central message the poem passes to the readers.

The "Piano" which symbolised the poet's westernised present lifestyle was compared with the "Drums" which symbolised the past village background of the poet; the comparison of the poet's past with present way of living is referred to as the class of culture (since culture is defined as the lifestyle of a

Friday, September 30, 2016

Discord In Childhood by D. H. Lawrence (Analyzed)

The poem opens with the poet telling us about an ash-tree outside a house with terrible whips. The poem is all about the evil of anger, and how destructive it can be. The wind was tamed by the whips from the tree as a ship showing the painful days of childhood.
"Outside the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips
And at night when the wind arose, the lash of the tree shrieked and slashed the wind, as a ship's
Weird rigging in a storm shrieks hideously"
In line 5, the poet tells us about two voices within the house disturbing the peace of the night. In anger, the voices arise rendering causes upon each other in disagreement over something. The voices begin to fight, one of the voices maybe the man bruised and drowned the woman in a silence of blood.
"Within the house two voices arose in anger, a slender lash
Whistling delirious rage, and dreadful sound
Of a thick lash booming and bruising,
Until it drowned the

Analysis Of Hide And Seek By Vernon Scannell

TITLE:- Hide And Seek
AUTHOR:- Vernon Scannell
REGION:- Non-African
GENRE:- Poetry
SETTING:- The garden
CATEGORY:- Children/ Family
THEME:- Playing/ Recreation
FIGURATIVE:- Personification
LINES:- Twenty Seven
DICTION:- Simple
VERSIFICATION:- Single
END RHYME SCHEME:- Couplet
MOOD:- Playful
TONE:- Instructional
SALIENT:- "But where are they who sought you"
INTRO:- Call out. Call loud: 'I'm ready! Come and find me!'
Narrate The Poem In Prose Form:-
Call out. Call loud: 'I'm ready! Come and find me!' because you're carefully hiding in one of the smelly sacks in the dark toolshed; the sacks seriously smell like the seaside but you can't risk coming out as not to be caught by those in search.
The ground is wet but you can hear them searching the nearby bush close to the swing. Even if situation calls for sneezing; you mustn't or breath loud or move your feet but remain numb in your state of darkness.
You can still hear

Monday, September 26, 2016

Analyzed Ulysses By Alfred Lord Tennyson

This dramatic monologue is a masterpiece. At naijapoets.com, we have analyzed poems that possessed monologue before and our reference goes to Analysis of The Pulley by George Herbert. Just for clarity sake, a poem where all the events are narrated by the poem speaker and the words of other characters are placed in quotation marks; such poem is said to possess a dramatic monologue.
Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892) alluded to the Homer's epic Odyssey to prove that the poem is adventure driven. Perhaps, one can also consider the poem a parody that aimed to challenge old age and its accompanied weariness and boredom.
"I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name;"
From the excerpt above, Tennyson made his readers to see where his concern is based. Claiming that truly he might be old but not accustomed to staying at home and ruling in a boring four walls of a palace
The poem speaker still wants to practice his passion even in his old age; wants to be on

Friday, September 23, 2016

In Time Of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes (10 Facts)

Naijapoets.com shows some ten facts about the poem title: "In Time Of Silver Rain" by Langston Hughes:-
(1) "In Time Of Silver Rain" is a non-african poem
(2) The poem is written by Langston Hughes
(3) The poem is lacking in it stanza craft.
(4) "In Time Of Silver Rain" has a four stanza division
(5) "In Time Of Silver Rain" has more of repetition and personification as far as poetic devices are concerned
(6) Fertility, Mortality, Season are few of the themes in the poem.
(7) It is a good

Monday, September 19, 2016

Analyze Poem Of Alienation By Antonio Jacinto

This poem of Antonio Jacinto is a deep heart poured out. In a keen view to analyze, The title "Poem Of Alienation" and the opening line "This is not yet my poem/ the poem of my soul and of my blood no" try to separate the poet from the message passed via this poem. Jacinto believed that a professional poet must have a certain category which his poem must base, but in his own case, he still lacked knowledge and power to write his poem because his poem still wanders aimlessly in the bush or in the city in the voice of the wind in the surge of the sea in the Aspect of Being.
Jacinto is a poet from Angola, a country with a colonial story of White versus Black. He died on the 23th of June, in the year 1991. In the words of the poet: child abuse, child labour, lustiness, poverty, racism, injustice; are evident.
The versification and diction are lowered to laymen comprehension even with the prevalent use of imageries all through the seventeen stanzas of the poem.
There are instances of personification plus imageries in some stanzas (e.g: my poem

Analysis Of Horns By Kwame Dawes

Horns by the poet Kwame Dawes also paints another African challenge which differs in subject from the rampant issue of colonization, western encroachment, deep rooted corruption, unavailability of social infrastructures, civil and political wars, trafficking and abuses, droughts, jungle justices, gender inequality, just to mention few.
The title Horns symbolizes Mosquitoes. Billions are spent every year in African countries to curb the rage of mosquitoes and their malarias through immunization, sensitization, vaccination, importations of antimalarial weapons, and more; yet mosquitoes cease to become a thing of the past. The pain of mosquitoes rampage shimmered Dawes into composing this image-filled poem. With many imageries, the suspense within the poem cannot be denied.
In this poem titled "Horns", Kwame Dawes did not only write about the confident mosquitoes roaming human environments, he further explained

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Analysis Of Daffodils No More By Gorden J. L. Ramel

"Daffodils No More" is about unhappiness of a poet named, Gorden J. L. Ramel, regarding the negative effect of industrialization. The poet compared history with present but found no similarity as a result of industrialization's encroachment (industrial takeover). "Look around you for a second then cast the eyes of your heart back to the years gone, you'll realize how vast things have changed; Life keeps rotating like a wind and vast changes keep sweeping in."
Gorden Ramel must truly be a fan of William Wordsworth. The poem "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth motivated his concern for deterioration of natural things in this era.
"...for I had looked for daffodils/ and found but few in England's hills" (lines 5-6)
In stanza 2 of the poem, he made us realise that other beauties of nature were also missing alongside daffodils; things like butterflies, birds and

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Analysis Of Night Song By David Holbrook

The refrain justifies the title "Night Song". One of the traits of a song is refrain and the first and the last stanza of the poem are refrains. The poem "Night Song" by David Holbrook has five stanzas of four lines per stanza with planned rhyming scheme.
According to the context of the poem, when night comes and darkness dominates the atmosphere, few of the common happenings are people going to sleep, silence becoming so relevant (as few sounds that will be heard are sounds of "cricket and jar", "children snore", "the smell of clover", and so on)
At night, the weather becomes cold, owls become more active and same as the beetles.
Besides the aforementioned refrain, alliteration and personification are evident in the poem. Many inanimate are personified: Night was personified in line 4 "Night climbs the stairway". Poppy and rose are personified in line 9 "Poppy and rose swim in the warm remainder". Tree was personified in line 13-14 "Bare to the teeming black the heady tree/ Sighs in its sleep and stirs". Water was personified in line 16 "The water chuckles". Few instance of alliterations are "cups and clear" in

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summary Of Discord In Childhood By D. H. Lawrence

Notable for his novel "Women In Love" and many of his poetry, David Herbert Lawrence was an English poet and author born on the 11th of September 1885.
With a childhood innocence, D. H. Lawrence compared two similar occurrences at nighttime; at first, the poet described a windy night where "the

Monday, August 22, 2016

Attitude Of Robert Frost To Nature In Birches

Childhood reminiscence led Robert Frost into Birches, a poem about swinging the birch trees. The poet is nature oriented and the poem "Birches" is no difference as it delighted the poet in childhood and the memory in adulthood. The poet even used many comparisons to relate his ideas to nature "And life is too much like a pathless wood/ Where your face burns and tickles with cobwebs/ Broken across it, and one eye is weeping/ From a twig's having lashed across it open"
As a child, one is free of back-aching worries, unnecessary egoistic rivalries, and many more. Those with rural background as Frost would solace in the ever available vegetational amusements such as swinging

Relate The Background Of William Blake To The Schoolboy

This article is to discuss the relationship that exists between the background of William Blake and the poem titled "The Schoolboy".
The Schoolboy is a poem that criticizes the classroom system of learning with the believe that pedagogical fulfillment is embedded in nature. In such idea lies the irony of the poem because it's widely believed that being well educated within the four walls of the school is fulfillment. The juvenile reasoning of the schoolboy made him feel so maltreated by his parents.
The formal classroom resentment of the poem speaker "The Schoolboy" also reflected in the background of the poet. William Blake is child of art. He was bound by art of nature and divine art. Whether or not Blake lived a wealthy life is a story for another day but his name has stood a test of time in the history of literature worldwide. William Blake had a very humble background born 28th November 1757. He mastered printing, poetry and painting with few evidence in existence till day. According to Wikipedia, "It was recorded that little Blake only read the subjects that interested to the extent that when William Blake was ten, his parents knew enough of his headstrong temperament that he was not sent to school but instead enrolled in drawing classes at Pars's drawing school in the Strand." He died on 12th August of 1827.

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Prove That The Elephant Is An Extraordinary Animal In Salute To TheElephant By Babalola Adeboye

The elephant is made a demon in the poem "Salute To The Elephant" by Babalola Adeboye because folk tales put a lot of exaggerations into their fabulosity. It is no doubt that elephant is a mountainous animal but "demons who swallows palm fruit bunches whole, even with the spiky pistil-cells" is weigh too much. As if that's not enough, the heavy eye-tearing pictures continued:
In line 14, "O elephant, who single-handed causes a tremor in a dense tropical forest"
In line 23, "If you wish to know the elephant, the elephant who is a veritable ferry-man"
In line 28, "Whose molar teeth are as wide as palm-oil pits in Ijesaland"
In line 33, "Beast who carries mortars and yet walks with a swaggering gait"
In line 34, "Primeval leper, animal treading ponderously"
The symbolism "O death, please stop following me" in line 21 also added to the elephant's extraordinariness.
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3 Major Themes In Dry Your Tears Africa By Bernard Daddie

Bernard Daddie has made impact on African literature_ to the best of his ability, no doubt about that. The poem "Dry Your Tears Africa" is one among the pieces we can point at and say "Bernard Daddie truly loves Africa".
Here,naijapoets.com will mention the three major themes in the poem. These are the theme of assurance, the theme of nostalgia, and the theme of fertility.
(1) THE THEME OF ASSURANCE:- "Your children come back to you/ Out of the storm and squalls of fruitless journeys" is a sentence assuring the Africa which the imaginative sense of the poet believed was lonely and crying. Even the title of the poem puts Africa in a lacking or needy position "Dry Your Tears Africa". We didn't just see why the children are coming home but how the children will care for mother Africa in the last stanza of the poem:
"Dry your tears, Africa!
Your children come back to you
their hands full of play things
and their hearts full of love.
They return to cloth you
in their dreams and their hopes".
(2) THE THEME OF NOSTALGIA:- Nostalgia is a homesick feeling or longing for home. It can also be referred to a bittersweet yearning for the things of the past. One of the things that can cause the feeling of nostalgia is displeasure. The poet's journey became cloy, full of excuses as seen in stanza two:
"Through the crest of the wave and the babbling of the breeze
Over the gold of the east
and the purple of the setting sun,
the peaks of the proud mountains
and the grasslands drenched with light
They return to you
Out of the storm and squalls of fruitless journeys".
(3) THE THEME OF FERTILITY:- Bernard Daddie louds the natural and mineral riches of Africa. The seven lines of stanza four was dedicated to showing how the abundant resources in the continent from the clearness of the sky to the charm of Africa's foliage:
"And our senses are now opened
to the splendour of your beauty
to the smell of your forests
to the charm of your waters
to the clearness of your skies
to the caress of your sun
And to the charm of your foliage pearled by the dens".
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Brief Analysis Of My Song By Kofi Anyidoho

To analyze this poem of Kofi Anyidoho, one must examine the origin of the poet. Kofi Anyidoho is a well known African writer with many poetry awards to his efforts. Kofi Anyidoho hails from Ghana born 25th July 1947; Anyidoho is currently a professor of literature at University of Ghana.
With the use of parables, repetition and adages, one can easily claim the poem reflects oral African poetic flavor; it is truly a song as said by the title.
With the simple and straightforward expression of the poet, one can simply say that "My Song" by Kofi Anyidoho has a very simple diction which any reader can relate. With eleven stanzas accommodating lines carved with irregular rhymes and rhythms, the mind of the poet became well broadcasted.
The poet believes in his craft even when there are no obvious success. He believes that bending to blend well with ones talent is worth the sacrifice; worth more than flashy short-term success. He ascertained that people are so myopic and trendy to the level that success has a certain shape but whatever fails to take such shape becomes a victim of mockery. According to the words of the poet, "The gifts that bestows at birth/ Some had some splendid things/ What was mine?/ I sing. They laugh./ Still I sell My Song/ for those with ears to buy" not everybody will accept or appreciate what we do but that should not weigh down the motivation of the doer.
The poem ends in refrains:
" My cloth is torn, I know
But I shall learn to wear it well
My voice is hoarse, I know
But I shall learn to wear it well."
The above parallel refrain is another way of saying that whatever outward appearance portrayed doesn't matter in as much as its propelled towards the maximization of talent.
SUMMARY OF THE POEM
Title:- My Song
Author:- Kofi Anyidoho
Versification:- Irregular verse
Number of stanzas:- Eleven
Category: - Life and Ambition
Point of View:- First person
(the poet's personal opinion)
Major theme:- Living by passion
Major device:- Repetition
Diction:- Very simple to comprehend
Most used word:- The pronoun "I"
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Theme Of Loneliness In Daffodils By William Wordsworth

"I wonder'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high over vale and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils"
William Wordsworth in the poem Daffodils envied the union of the mass daffodils dancing beside the lake in comparison to his own loneliness; this motivates naijapoets.com to look into the theme of loneliness in Daffodils by William Wordsworth.
The first stanza discussed how the poet became cognisant of the daffodils, the second stanza showed the strong bond and unity within the endless number of daffodils fluttering with the breeze beside the lake, the third stanza is about the strong impact the scene had on the poet to the level that "A poet could not but be gay/ In such jocund company/ I gaze_ and gazed_ but little thought/ What wealth the show to me had brought". The final stanza of the poem is where the beautiful union of the daffodils kept questioning the poet's lonely mood and by so doing returned the poet's sense of remembrance to the dazzling daffodil scene. In a nutshell, the daffodils became the therapeutic remedy to the poet's loneliness.
The poem "Daffodils" has a total of twenty lines divided into four stanzas of five lines per stanza. The fourth stanza is as quoted below:
"For oft when on my couch I lie,
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils".
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Summary Of Upon An Honest Man's Fortune By John Fletcher

The poem opened with Fletcher calling at the soothsayer or whoever claimed to understand destiny. He first pretended he wanted to peep into his own future as well with instance in line 9-18
"Tell me, by all your art I conjure ye,
Yes, and by truth, what shall become of me
Find out my star, if each one as you say,
Have this peculiar angel, and his way
Observe my fate, next fall into your dreams,
Sweep clean your houses, and new-line your schemes,
Then say your worst! Or have I none at all?
Or is it burnt out lately? Or did fall?
Or am I poor? Not able, no full flame?
My star, like me, unworthy of a name?"
He then exclaimed "You all lie!" to prove that he never believed in their craps. It baffled him that human beings are so short-sighted that he gave little or no thought to God's omnipotence and failed to realize that only in him "all truth" "all influence" and "all fate" reside. John Fletcher was of the believe that no mortal can crack God's work. He believed that God knows the best way to navigate his life and urged the readers to buy his idea because "Man is his own star, and that soul that can/ Be honest, is the only perfect man"
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Brief Analysis Of Afterwards By Thomas Hardy

The poem "Afterwards" is a poem of season. Thomas Hardy expressed few memorable scenes or eye-saw within different seasons of the year; he mentioned May, winter time, the rainy period, dewfalls and windy dusk, warm and mothy night, etc. Thomas Hardy felt all those seasonal changes and their accomplices are earth mysteries which led to the rhetorical questions in stanza four and five. Such rhetorical questions reveal the thoughts which propelled the poet into creatively carving the poem: "Will this thought rise on those who will meet my face no more/ 'He was one who had an eye for such mysteries'?"
It is no doubt that whenever a poet wants to leave his/her thoughts everlasting in the heart of the readers, rhetorical questions are embraced but other figuratives that beautified the poem are imageries (a lot of them) "Delicate-filmed" "nocturnal darkness" "the wind-warped upland thorn" "When the hedgehog travels furtively over the lawn". There is simile in line 3 "green leaves like wings" in line 5 "like an eyelid's soundless blink," in line 19 "as they were a new bell's boom". Alliterations "May month" "wind-warped" "a new bell's boom". Structurally, the poem has a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCD although the lines lacked in static metric count, the poem has five stanzas of quatrain to make a total of twenty lines.
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Analyze The Use Of Language In The Schoolboy By William Blake

Okay folks, let's analyze The Schoolboy by William Blake from the angle of diction. William Blake, 1757 to 1827 is a very famous non-african English poet of the romantic era. The poem titled "The Schoolboy" holds its popularity and high level of likeness to how the poet decently challenged the trending classroom education; surely William Blake is a genius.
"Early to bed is early to rise" but such idiomatic expression has nothing to do with the schoolboy during the summer morn: "I love to rise in a summer morn/ When the birds sing on every tree" (line 1-2). Such period is most delightful to the boy since the simple, sweet and spontaneous education he derives is far higher than that of the classroom learning.
Looking at the six stanzas of the poem, it is obvious that the poet paid attention to the rhythm and the rhymes without allowing poetic license steal the simplicity of the poem. What more can be said of the language? There is no obsolete word, no Shakespearean English, no huge vocabulary that will prompt opening the dictionary. Unhappiness of the schoolboy coupled with rhetorical questions in the poem gave it a sad tone;
"But to go to school in a summer morn,_
O it drives all joy away!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay" (quoting stanza two of the poem)

Other poetic languages of not are rhetorical questions, symbolism, repetition, alliteration, etc.

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Prove That Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day By WilliamShakespeare Is A Sonnet

What makes a poem a sonnet?
A sonnet has its origin from Italy; it's mostly fourteen lines of five-foot iambics with end rhyme scheme. Last two lines of a sonnet are couplet. Most sonnets are structured into a sestet with an octave or three quatrains and a couplet. A sestet is a poetic stanza consisting of six lines, an octave is a poetic stanza consisting of eight lines; usually used as one, a quatrain is a poetic stanza consisting of four lines, a couplet is a poetic stanza consisting of two lines.
Sonnet 18 otherwise known as Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day is love sonnet, fourteen lines in total written in iambic pentameter. The poem carries an end rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFEFGG. Though Sonnet 18 has a structure of five lines the first and the second stanzas with the third stanza a quatrain; the quatrain has its last two lines a rhyming couplet:
"So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee"
The explanation at the first paragraph tallies with the structure of the poem, so it's very obvious that Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day by William Shakespeare is a sonnet.
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The Tragedy Of Prison Life In Letter To Martha 17 By Dennis Brutus

An action that led anyone to prison should be considered a tragic fall and the character in such tragic shell suffers extreme regrets, worries or sorrows.
In the poem titled "Letter To Martha 17" the poem speaker suffered the aforementioned tragic implications; confined with none to talk, absurd ventilation system, inadequate space for movement. All that were taken for granted (the freedom of speech, the freedom of movement, the freedom of association, etc) began to resurface with huge importance.
The poem speaker who used to communicate freely with Martha was then restricted to mailing letters, "freedom of the birds/ and their absolute freedom from care/ became meaningful" also reminded him of how he used to be free and left him to fantasize about the cloud:
"_where are they going
where will they dissolve
will they be seen by those at home
and whom will they delight?"
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Schoolboy By William Blake Is About Freedom (Explain)

Is The Schoolboy by William Blake about freedom?
The general answer is yes. Why? The poet is classified as Romantic and the works of the romantic poets are nature inclined not excluding The Schoolboy by William Blake where birds, trees, winter, summer are glorified.
In the poem, Blake used the plight of the schoolboy as a medium to opine that freedom is embedded in nature and natural things. He pointed at the awesomeness in the company shared outside classroom "O what sweet company!"
William Blake through this poem also proves that nature equates freedom that was why the complaints of the schoolboy centered on how his parents took away his youthful freedom by forcing him into boring classroom learning. In line 16-17 "How can a bird born of joy/ Sit in a cage and sing" was part of the metaphors used by the poem speaker to reveal that classroom learning is imprisonment.
The schoolboy picked his learning freely and willingly from nature as a result of the delights he derived from such things as beautiful trees, singing skylarks, summer morning, etc. Contrary to formal education; the prove of the schoolboy's freedom and willingness to learn from nature is contained in stanza one of the poem:
"I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman wind his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!"
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Impermanent Factors In Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day By William Shakespeare

Among other things, breath and beauty are the impermanent factors in Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day by William Shakespeare.

This sonnet 18 of Shakespeare seems more popular than other sonnets of his, but this article isn't ready to invest on such luxurious debate. As always, the poem is about love only that Shakespeare pushed his imagination further by placing the beauty of his love in an immortal package. Line 3-7 made a brief list of things under the bondage uncertainty; things like flowers, seasons, the sun_ all which could be tampered by "chance, or nature's changing course"

Despite the claim by the poet speaker that the beauty of his lover can never fade or die. The natural truth remains that human can never live on earth forever and same applies to the beautiful appearance of human beings irrespective of the poet's imaginative hyperbole or irony or whatever word best explains Shakespeare's fantasy.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Examine The Characters Of The King In Ulysses By Lord Alfred Tennyson

The poem Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson also brings Homer's Odyssey to mind_ most particularly the movie. The poem speaker in Tennyson's Ulysses disregarded idleness to preach adventure which was tabled in form of dramatic monologue for readers delight.
To create an introduction to the poem Ulysses, I'll briefly say that in 1842, Lord Alfred Tennyson published Ulysses as a way diving into his own imaginative adventure of human aging.
I'll discuss the characters of the king as printed in my past

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Analysis Of Alone By Maya Angelou

Friendship, love, unity, health, wealth, etc are the elements that drove Maya Angelou's heart into this creative piece. She couldn't deny the strength in wealth but she acknowledged that wealth and riches were not fulfillment.

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Okay, lets look at the first stanza of the poem where the poem speaker opened with "Last night" and such phrase weigh very deeply big for anyone who's willing to agree to my tiny thought. No matter busy someone is, no matter how conserved and reserved and deeply self a person can be, nighttimes are times when companionship matters a lot ( even the sadists and the extremists sometimes don't

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review Of Diviner's Hand By Lola Shoneyin

This is maternal and more like a soliloquy. A mother speaking to her baby while combing her hairs. She had the worries of whether she would live old to tell the baby all the most needed experiences of life.
In the first stanza, she had the worry about how long she would live on earth to take care of the baby and comb the baby's hairs:
"Sometimes I wonder
how much longer I shall be here
to bite your hair
with my wooden toothcomb."
She saw death as something romantic which made her claim that she wasn't afraid of death:
"I am not afraid
of the freeze of frail fingers;
there is something
romantic about loss."
In the third and fourth stanzas, Lola Shoneyin revealed that she only worried about uncertainty of human lives and the unpredictability

Analysis Of My Grandmother By Elizabeth Jennings

From the third person point of view, Jennings painted a clear image of an aged person's way-of-life (her grandmother). The poem opened with comparison; comparing the abode of the grandmother to an "antique shop". From the poem,naijapoets.com is of the opinion that old age has some stages (initial frailty, intense frailty, and death) the first stanza described the poem-speaker's grandmother as being old and lonely. She only had things than beings as companions: "Apostle spoons and Bristol glass/ The faded silks, the heavy furniture/ She watched her own reflection in the brass/ Salvers and silver bowls, as if to prove/ Polish was all, there was no need of love."
Jumping to stanza three, the grandmother was in an intense frailty and all youthful remnants surrounding

Analysis Of River By Gert Vlok Nel

Gert Vlok Nel wrote the poem "River" as if a letter to a lover at a very long distance; in that wise, the major theme of the poem is love. The first five lines (first stanza) of the poem portrayed the poet comparing the means of getting to his lover to that of river navigating before getting to the sea:
"River, o river you’re the deepest word that I know
I could navigate by you to the sea and to her in the
hope that I would win her heart,
but desert is the word by which
I must journey to win her heart"
Gert Vlok Nel journeyed through Pretoria to end his journey at Beaufort West after he had claimed in the second stanza of the poem that his love awaited him somewhere in Cape. Until the end part of the poem, it became clear that the distant lover of the poet was dead not at all on earth:
"Last night I slept in Beaufort West
in the Wagon Wheel

Deep Analysis Of Over The World's Rim By William Faulkner

Over The World's Rim by William Faulkner is dominated by rhetorical questions. I guess this four stanza poem is motivated by the swift and steady rotation of the earth, time and seasons. At the moment Faulkner wrote the poem, it was December (end of the year): "Over the world's rim, drawing bland November/ Reluctant behind them, drawing the moons of cold" referring to line 1-2.
With the aid of rhetorical questions the poet wondered why the seasons keep dying and resurrecting on earth, he wondered if he had once had such privilege before he was born to this earth where he owned his living to death's limitation:
"What do their lonely voices wake to remember
In this dust ere 'twas flesh? what restless old
Dream a thousand years was safely sleeping
Wakes my blood to sharp unease? what horn

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Analysis Of Beat The Drums By Echezonachukwu Nduka

"Beat the drums" is the refrain of the poem that added to its musical rhythm. "When my heart warms my fantasies" means when I'm very glad "I wrestled my nightmares to the ground/ And gave sight to my blind vision" has "nightmares" and "vision" personified

"I am no loser", "I am courage", "I am posterity" are intentionally planted in the poem to show the poem speaker's positiveness, self-esteem, optimism

The stanza four of the poem not only portrays the poet's first person point of view, it also has metaphor, personification and simile:
"I am my own strength
I send my wrath to distant lands
Like lightening flashing from dark clouds
And thunder striking the enemies’ camp"

The voice of the poem further expresses his level of wisdom by comparing himself to those not brave enough to face the music of destiny:
"Those who pursue weak shadows
Are driven by gods of insanity
Cowardice makes their dishes
And wipes clean their illusive ego"

The 8 stanza poem has 4 lines per stanza though the lines didn't maintain any regular rhyme or rhythm except for the use of refrain.
It has a musical setting but not with a lyrical form. The words in the poem belonging to the music family are "drum" "dance" "rhythm" and besides the music, there are evidence of nature in the poem. "The lion roars in the wild" "lightening flashing from dark clouds/ And thunder striking the enemies’ camp" "Those who pursue weak shadows/ Are driven by gods of insanity". The poem "Beat The Drums" by Echezonachukwu Nduka can be themed under bravery, enemy rivalry, journey into destiny, etc.

The poem persona requests for the beating of the drums that will usher him the dance into his destiny. He sees the dance as a form of bravery towards the enemies, which is better than to be chickened into the future ahead.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Analysis Of Springlet By José Zorilla

The theme of the poem is Nature. The writer, Jose Zorilla, wrote the poem in a first person perspective. The poem must have been birth forth out of keen observation of the movement of Springlet.

The mood of the poem, according to naijapoets.com perspective, is somehow indifferent, but in the sense of it, there was a sense of appreciation to nature. The tone was rather passive, as the theme was approached lightly. The atmosphere is cool, a spring ambience.

The dictions employed are perfect. They painted the images well in an appreciative manner.

The first line, 'hasting on, the springlet flows', tells of the movement of spring water, which is rapid. It's bed is dark brown, painting the picture of algae growing across it. The spring licks up the bed as it goes... Moving water carries anything it comes across in its paths; the bed was being washed away as it moves.

A clear water glows as crystal when viewed as it strides along its path. The

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Analysis Of Telephone Conversation By Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka’s “Telephone Conversation” is an articulate exchange of words between a dark West African man and his British landlady that unrelenting verges on
the question of apartheid. The poet makes use of the most clear means to voice his views, through a telephone conversation, where there is immediate and natural exchange. It shows a one-to-one discussion between the two. The talk between a dark and a white individual at once shows universal overtones.
At the outset, the poet says that the price seemed reasonable and the location ‘indifferent’. Note that as a word, even though the word “indifferent” denotes being ‘unbiased’, it is a word with a somewhat negative words. However, as we come across the Landlady’s biased nature; the word ‘indifferent’ gains positive overtones, as it is better than
being impartial. The lady swears that she lived ‘off premises’.

Nevertheless, the very aspect of his colour is a conundrum to her, far from her promise to remain indifferent.
Nothing remains for the poet, he says, but confession. It gives a picture of him sitting in a confessional, when he hasn’t committed any crime….his crime is his colour, race and background, his feeling can't change who he is. He tells the lady that he disdain a futile journey. Though his words connote more than he literally symbolizes. The poet seems to be weak of his life perturbed by racist prejudices. As he mentions his race, the lady is trapped with
silence, but a silence that speaks
volumes. A telephone is an instrument that primarily transmits voices, here it becomes a medium for silence also. The civilized world, has these silent powerful issues that need to be voiced.
Here, the silence echoes. It is a silence that is the consequence of her developed upbringing. However, her prejudices go beyond her to primitivism,

Discuss Any Three Poetic Devices Employed In Gabriel Okara's Piano AndDrums

[QUESTION]
Discuss any 3 poetic devices employed in Gabriel Okara's Piano And Drums (NECO JUNE/JULY 2016 LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH)


[ANSWER]
To answer the above question, we'll choose symbolism, personification and alliteration as our desired three poetic devices from Gabriel Okara's poem "Piano And Drums"

#1) Symbolism which is the representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities, appears in the poem from the title down to the context. "Drums" symbolizes Okara's past uncivilized ways of life while "Piano" symbolizes the poet's present and future existence in a westernized world. His symbolisms are further broadened with related musical dictions.

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#2) There are instances of personifications in the poem where inanimates are given human attributes. In line 15 (groping heart/ in green leaves) actually, line 15 can also be named a synedoche. In line 4-5 "speaking of/ primal

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Discuss The Themes Of Political Revolution And Struggle For Freedom InGbanabom Hallowell's "The Dining Table"

[QUESTION]
Discuss the themes of political revolution and struggle for freedom in Gbanabom Hallowell's "The Dining Table". (NECO JUNE/JULY 2016 LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH)


[ANSWER]
The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell is a political dissention poem; no dispute about that. Such led the content of the poem to germinate the themes of political revolution and struggle for freedom.
To the best of naijapoets.com ability, both themes are discussed as follows:
Political revolution always leads to chaotic atmospheric situations which is not different from Hallowell's sympathetic narration.
The revolutionary picture of the poem revealed brutality, desperate inhumanity to humans, the use of guns and harmful weapons. On top of that, the victims were placed in condition of homelessness. Victims homelessness gathered every age to the so-called “dinner table”; including the sleepless barefooted children with eyes so sharp and alert like switchblades because the effect of the war or sudden attack had taken away their peace and clipped their voices with silence.
On the side of "the struggle for freedom", the gathering as portrayed by the poet motivates the need for freedom. Common to nights of every assaults, abnormal alertness backed by fear was evident in the

Thursday, July 7, 2016

13 Elements Of Poetry

Poetry belongs to the class of literature that comprises poems. In poetry, composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns is very Paramount. It can also be regarded as a poet's literary production.
Poetry has some elements that makes it unique, and they are as follows:-
(1) COUPLET: This is a poem comprising of two lines. This lines in a couplet do have the same rhythm and end rhyme.
(2) ENJAMBMENT: This occurs when a poet allows expressions of an ideas to flow from one line to another.
(3) MOOD: This is the frame of mind of the poet as reflected in the poem. It's a portrayer of the poet's feeling in his work.
(4) MONOMETER: A poem written in just one line.
(5) METER: This is the regular and rhythmic arrangement of syllables according to a particular pattern.
(6) RHYME: Similarity in sounds is what

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Modern Nursery Song by Frank Parkes

Little bird, little bird
Can I come along with you?
I like the smoothness of your flight
I'd love to come with you
And in your warm and cosy nest
Play with your little ones.
Little child, little child
My poor wings are not that strong
I'd love to fly you to my nest
And give you nuts and sweet, sweet things
But I'll take along your love so warm
To my wee feathery ones
O huge bird, shining bird
Can I come along with you?
I like the brightness of your wing
I'd love to fly with you
And on the sunny sands to play
With sun-beams on the surf
Get you gone, silly one
I can't waste my time on you
My eyes watch out for bigger fry
With power in their purse
There's a big, black owl will bear you free
To where wee demons play
Little owl, mushroom owl
Can I come along with you?
©copyright: Frank Parkes 1932-2004
Frank Parkes was born in Ghana in 1932. His grandfather was a West Indian, his father a Sierra Leonean, and his mother a Fanti. He was educated in Sierra Leone and Ghana, and has had a varied journalistic and broadcasting career. A book of his poems, Songs from the Wilderness, was published in 1965.
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The Night Wind by Emily Bronte

In summer's mellow midnight
A cloudless moon shone through
Our open parlour window
And rose-trees wet with dew.
I sat in silent musing_
The soft wind waved my hair,
It told me Heaven was glorious
And sleeping Earth was fair.
I needed not its breathing
To bring such thoughts to me
But still it whispered lowly,
"How dark the woods will be!
"The thick leaves in my murmur
Are rustling like a dream,
And all their myriad voices
Instinct with spirit seem
I said: "Go, gentle singer,
Thy wooing voice is kind,
But do not think its music
Has power to reach my mind.
"Play with the scented flower,
The young tree's supple bough_
And leave my human feelings
In their own course to flow."
The wanderer would not leave me,
Its kiss grew warmer still_
"O come," it sighed so sweetly,
"I'll win thee 'gainst thy will.
"Have we not been from childhood friends?
Have I not loved thee long?
As long as thou hast loved the night
Whose silence wakes my song.
"And when thy heart is laid at rest
Beneath the churchyard stone
I shall have time enough to mourn
And thou to be alone."
©copyright Emily Bronte 1818-1848
(The Night Wind was composed 11-09-1840)








Saturday, July 2, 2016

Analysis Of I Think It Rains By Wole Soyinka

I Think It Rains by Wole Soyinka is a poem of difference; it differs in every form both structure, diction and message. The poem looks into the practice of smoking though one cannot predict the author's stand (whether of likeness or dislike)
The poem is built on metaphor since the puffing smoking is liken to a rainfall and every other imageries are in support of the raining, the dryness before the rain, the descriptive picture of the smoke being a Rain-Reeds and circling spirit, etc.
Soyinka, in the last stanza of the poem claimed that the act of smoking had no reasonable effect but done for the fun of its routine outcome:
"Rain-reeds, practised in
The grace of yielding, yet unbending
From afar"
"this, your conjugation with my earth
Bares crounching rocks"
There is ambiguity in the line above with the poet's use of "this, your" which created an address either to the smoker or the puffed smoke. If to the puffed smoke, then it should be considered an apostrophe. "your conjugation with my earth/ Bare crounching rocks" means your mingling with the early space, causes the smoker's teeth to be exposed in

Friday, July 1, 2016

Analysis Of Relic By Ted Hughes

Analysis of Relic by Ted Hughes
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THE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE POEM 
"Relic" by Ted Hughes is a descriptive poem. It lays its setting to the sea with irregular end rhyme pattern and two stanzas of unequal number of lines. Based on observation of naijapoets.com, Hughes made use of imaginative description; he told an undefined entity how the jawbone got to the sea as if he witnessed it "broken by the breakers or tossed/ To flap for half an hour and turn to a crust" but the use of "or" between "breakers or tossed" showed that his description was imaginative.

The poem is about a jawbone found deep down the sea. If one claims that Ted Hughes had love for water, sailing and the things relating to the sea; it will not be disputed. He told of how he found the jawbone, how it was thrust, living in the sea among other things like claws, skulls, crabs, dogfish, etc. He told of how the jawbone lived gnawing and stretching to feed but later ended at the beach. The poet described the deep sea as a battleground where friendship does not exist "In that darkness camaraderie does not hold" (line 5) then at the end line of the poem tagged the jawbone "a cenotaph". From lines 14-16, he claimed that nothing gets better in the sea and thereby described the sea's digestion of things into its seabed as its biggest achievement.

The tittle of the poem generalized the interest of the poet. The first stanza of the poem is 11 lines while the second stanza is 5 lines; which looked like the summary of the first stanza. Grammatically, the clause "I found this jawbone" made it look spoken than written, as if someone was standing in front of the poet and could as well see the jawbone himself/herself. "Continue the beginning" sounds poetic genius, which means "lets go back to the description of the sea". Besides the large use of imagery, personification existed in great amount from line 6-9 "And the jaws, Before they are satisfied or their stretched purpose/ Slacken, go down jaws; go gnawn bare. Jaws/ Eat and are finished and the jawbone comes to the beach". Line 12 "Time in the sea eats its tail," happens to be personification as well. "This curved jawbone did not laugh" is also a personification.

The jawbone was described in many forms, he symbolised it in different ways by calling it "Indigestibles" in line 13. It was metaphorically called a cenotaph: "A cenotaph is a monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere; especially members of the armed forces who died in battle".

"In that darkness" symbolized the sea, "The deep" also symbolized the sea. Other poetic devices in the poem are enjambments, alliterations, etc.
Few among the many themes to deduce from this poem is the longevity in things than beings, the unwholesome experience deep down the sea, and the havoc of duration. In accordance with the description of the poet, the jawbone had lasted very farther than the animal that owned it.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Analysis Of The World Is Too Much With Us By William Wordsworth

In William Wordsworth poem "The World Is Too Much With Us", he tells of his dislike towards humans' ingratitude and lack of reverence for nature and its elements.

With the sonnet nature of the poem, Wordsworth professionally arranged his views in two parts; the first part being his complaint, the second part being his resolution. The poet says that human beings have had much of the world this era that their daily life activities blindfolded them from seeing and cherishing the beauties entombed in nature. He decides to derail into "paganism" because he sees more of nature and natural beauties in them than in anything else; deities like Proteus and Triton are his motivators.

The poem is a sonnet with the octave (1st 8 lines) about his complains while the sestet (the remaining 6 lines) about his resolution. The first eight lines have the end rhyme pattern of ABBAABBA while the rest six lines have the end rhyme pattern of CDCDCD. How much

"Love intoxicate" justify the assertion with a close reference toWilliam Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?"

QUESTION:- "Love intoxicate" justify the assertion with a close reference to William Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" (NECO June/July 2016)

ANSWER:- Love is a universal language of all youth and adult. As falling out of love leads to a nervous breakdown, so does falling in love elates the body; making the expression that "love intoxicates" a very common expression.

Same strong feeling of love made the most famous of the Elizabethan poet (William Shakespeare) craft a certain love sonnet that continues to linger in the heart of every literary lovers.

"Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day" is a love poem by William Shakespeare that shows the deep intoxication of love through the poet's expression. Such intoxication led to the comparison of feminine beauty to a season "summer's day", placing

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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About The Poem: The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

According to article of gradesaver.com "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a narrative poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It was first published in 1798, though Coleridge's 1817 revision is a more commonly-used version of the text. Coleridge was inspired to write the poem by a book called A Voyage Round The World by Way of the Great South Sea, which his friend, the poet William Wordsworth, was reading at the time. Coleridge intended to emulate the old tradition of the ballad, which had experienced a resurgence in popularity at the time of the poem's composition.

An Ancient Mariner, unnaturally old and skinny, with deeply-tanned skin and a "glittering eye", stops a Wedding Guest who is on his way to a wedding reception with two companions. He tries to resist the Ancient Mariner, who compels him to sit and listen to his woeful tale. The Ancient Mariner tells his tale, largely interrupted save for the sounds from the wedding reception and..." Read the rest at gradesaver.com

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Analysis Of Parable By William Soutar

He was a Scottish poet, born in 1898 at Perth. He had his university education at Edinburgh. For the last years of his life, he was invalided as he suffered from paralysis. He died in 1943.
The issue of fencing abodes or properties is not new in poetry, Robert Frost has a poem about fence he titled Mending Wall. This William Soutar poem "Parable" no except, it's about two neighbors believe in the marking of their boundaries with fence would prevent them from stepping on each other's toes and by so doing, everlasting peace would reign. Priority was so much placed on their fences to extent the bricks of their buildings were taken down to improve the solidness of their fences but the maintenance of the fence brought them quarrel or fight that made their fences buried them alive.
Parable is a three-stanza poem with end rhyme pattern of AABBCCDD; the rhythm is strictly planned by the poet to maintain the minimum of four feet per line of the poem. The satirical ingredient used by the poet made the poem a very lively one. The poem used military words like barricaded, battlements, ramparts to show that it was not love that propelled the neighbors to build the fence but fear, jealousy, anger and hatred which culminated into war that destroyed them both.
The theme of self-destruction is one among the themes of the poem. Both neighbors unknowingly built their minefields (their fence) in quest for peace and security "Two neighbors, who were rather dense/ Considered that their mutual fence/ Were more symbolic of their peace/ (Which they maintained should never cease)" in line 1-4. Their intended peace led to no-peace and their destruction "They curse, they strike, they break the wall/ Which buries them beneath its fall" in line 29-30.
Another theme is the fear of neighbor's encroachment. Each neighbors as described by the poem speaker were exercising fear, none trusted his neighbors with his belongings and in disguise of peace they thought could secure their properties.
Futility is another theme of the poem. In the sense that the characters in question held high value towards what they shouldn't; their belongings to the level that they sacrificed their dwelling to preserve their

Friday, June 17, 2016

Analysis Of No Coffin No Grave By Jared Angira

This poem is about the shameful murder of a tyrant. He was stabbed and shut in front of a night club; the poet sarcastically compared his murder shut to a gunshot representing a last respect to a warrior. Instead of the poem being a pure elegy, the poet created a sarcastic elegy which was beautified with irony and euphemism to show his dislike towards the wicked and selfish life led by the tyrant leader; it was so unfortunate for the dead politician who wished to have respected burial rite but ended with a belittled massacre.
The content of the poem is straightforward as a result of the simple diction maintained by the poet. Line 1-7 shows where and how the tyrant was buried, line 8-17 describes the event of his murder by comparing the murder gunshot, and state of his car, line 18-28 tells of the unwell condition of the masses and their state of no-say because they lived in a lower class, line 29-end is about<!--more--> the politician's empty wish for a befitting end.
Few of the themes in the poem are uncertainty of life and living, shameful rewards for selfishness and wickedness, poverty within the masses, extravagance and embezzlement. The death of the tyrant proved that life is uncertain and whatever anyone sows, he/she will reap.
NO COFFIN, NO GRAVE
He was buried without a coffin
without a grave
the scavengers performed the
post-mortem
in the open mortuary
without sterilized knives
in front of the night club
stuttering rifles put up
the gun salute of the day
that was a state burial anyway
the car knelt
the red plate wept, wrapped
itself in blood its master’s
the diary revealed to the sea
the rain anchored there at last
isn’t our flag red, black, and
white?
so he wrapped himself well
who could signal yellow
when we had to leave politics
to the experts
and brood on books
brood on hunger
and schoolgirls
grumble under the black pot
sleep under torn mosquito net
and let lice lick our intestines
the lord of the bar, money
speaks madam
woman magnet, money speaks
madam
we only cover the stinking
darkness
of the cave of our mouths
and ask our father who is in hell
to judge him
the quick and the good
Well, his dairy, submarine of the
Third World War
showed he wished
to be buried in a gold-laden
coffin
like a VIP
under the jacaranda tree beside
his palace
a shelter for his grave
and much beer for the funeral
party
anyway one noisy pupil
suggested we bring
tractors and plough the land.
©copyright Jared Angira
According to wikipedia article, "Jared Angira (born 21 November 1947) is a Kenyan poet. He has been called "the country's first truly significant poet.
Angira studied commerce at the University of Nairobi from 1968 until 1971."
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About The Poem The Battle Of Stamford Bridge By Laurence Binyon

The poem titled The Battle Of Stamford Bridge is a narrative war poem. It narrates a certain battle between England and Norway. The battle involved sailing, burning and acquisition of territories. The poem with end rhyme pattern of ABCCB has a well planned equal stanzas of five lines per stanza; 18 stanzas, totalling 90 lines.
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3 Themes Of Lonely Days By Bayo Adebowale


Lonely Days is authored by Bayo Adebowale, an educator and a writer. Bayo Adebowale is an Associate Professor at the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun state. Lonely Days has a storyline about a widow who against all odds became celebrated in her community due to hardwork and independence.
Below are 3 irrefutable themes in the story:
(i) Disadvantages of widowhood
(ii) Gender inequality among Africans
(iii) Hardwork and self-esteem
DISADVANTAGES OF WIDOWHOOD
The story placed its protagonist (who is a widow) through the disadvantages of widowhood. Yaremi (the protagonist) in her black mourner's attires, has not fully got over the sorrow of losing her husband (Ajumobi) when other negative effects of widowhood began to pile. She became lonely fending for herself alone yet the envies and criticism from the people of Kufi village made matters worse; like other widows, Yaremi was expected to be down in self-esteem but she was not, she was expected to depend her living on another man in Kufi but she didn't.
According to the storyline, Fayoyin, who was also a widow, was made to lick libation and sing dirge at her husband's death; and her beautifully woven hair was shaved to bard skull. Other disadvantages the widow characters face in the story are castigation, maltreatment, forceful second marriage, etc.
GENDER INEQUALITY AMONG AFRICANS
Gender inequality has been a very big issue in Africa, both in urban and in rural parts. In Lonely Days, the issue surfaced among dwellers of Kufi village. The men are highly placed above women and women are meant to have cold feet whenever issue between man and women arise. Even a Yoruba proverb says "let a man pee while walking and a woman pee while walking and we shall see which one will wet her legs with urine".
One of the ways with which men prove their superiority over women in Kufi village is the forceful cap-picking which is organized for the widows; in such event, men interested in such a widow will submit their cap for the widow to pick one.
HARDWORK AND SELF-ESTEEM
Hardwork and self-esteem are made to be the treasures of women in Lonely Days by Bayo Adebowale. Those who possess both are gloried as in the case of Yaremi, the novel's protagonist and widow. She is a dedicated mother who not only believe in herself but also in female emancipation and empowerment due to her vast experience and exposure. Yaremi was so hardworking to the level that her trade was known across surrounding villages.

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Discussion The Relationship Between Nii Kpakpo And Maa Tsuru InFaceless By Amma Darko (WASSCE 2016 LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH)

It could be agreed that Maa Tsuru was manipulated out her vulnerability but the love relationship between Nii Kpakpo and Maa Tsuru was such an unreasonable one built on lies, deceit and shamelessness.
Maa Tsuru who was mother to Baby T. and Fofo can tagged irresponsible and shameless. She was unable to properly cater for her children due to the burden of single parenting yet started an untidy second love relationship despite her first marital failure that kept her and the children in their present state of mess.
Nii Kpakpo is also a shameless, heartless, jobless drunkard; who took advantage of Maa Tsuru's state of loneliness. He was homeless, only to move in with Maa Tsuru and added to her burdens under the guise of being love with her. He was such an ingrate to point that he sexually abused Baby T (one of Maa Tsuru's daughters).
Maa Tsuru believed Kpakpo's lie of being temporarily out of his factory job, she also fell for the lie that as soon as he got his job back, he would be taking good care of her. In this wise, they began living together in an uncomfortable one room to the extent that Maa Tsuru's abnormal love led her to partition the single room so that her and Nii Kpakpo could be sharing privacy.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Overview Of Alone By Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe revealed that all the things had been of mystery to him, had remained mysterious since his childhood; as a result of his imaginative reasoning and absolute flare for loneliness. From line 1 to 8, he said that things that delighted the kids were in no way delightful to him and all the things he had loved, were in his state of loneliness.
The poem is a 23-line poem with a well structured lines (in terms of rhythm and end rhyme) the lines are in tetrameter with a line having similar end rhyme with the next line in form of couplet. The dominant poetic device is repetition of phrases "I have not", "As others", "I lov'd", "From the", etc.
One among the themes of the poem is mystery. Poe had himself full of life's mystery. He confessed that the ways everything was mysterious in his childhood still remained mysterious in his adulthood. Another theme is loneliness and deep sense of imagi

Analysis Of Heart's Eye View by Niyi Osundare

In the poem titled "Heart's Eye View" by Niyi Osundare, the persona or poem speaker went through an imaginative travel like a soul in deep meditational realm_ all in the name of something longed for or something missed heartily (which could be a home or a feminine or a family) but the last two lines of the poem really suggested a loved one or a lover: "Every wingstep brings me/ Closer to your wondrous arms"
In Osundare's imagination, he was travelling in an aircraft which made him refer to as "wingstep" in line 9 and his use of wingstep implied a metaphor; meaning, a progressive movement like footsteps. His travel was from Europe to Africa; over the deserts and over the seas. The poem speaker's destination was an unspecified city or nation by the sea which he symbolized as an angel in line 7-8 "And on to the angel/ Waiting by the sea". Since the poet is a Nigerian with resident in Lagos, so "the angel/ Waiting by the sea" might mean Lagos Island.
Besides the rare concept of tabling an homesickness, other things loved about the poem are simplicity, line flexibility, no rigid rhyming, etc. The poem has a moderate sibilance, clear imageries, tiny chopped stanzas, and a traveller point of view any reader can find appealing.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Analysis Of The Cathedral By Kofi Awoonor

Awoonor's displease is obvious from the first line of the poem with the phrase "dirty patch". A patch is meant to cover a damage but "dirty" used by the poet suggests that the "patch" is inaccurate or inappropriate. After a very calm and solemn comparison, Awoonor hits the nail in the head to disapprove of the site of the edifice; "A huge senseless cathedral of doom" (line 9).
The poem explained what it used to be before a certain cathedral was erected to take the place of a very
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