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The Use Of Imagery In We Have Come Home By Lenrie Peters

Let go down the memory lane, when the title of this post was one those questions you had to answer in a certain WAEC/ WASSCE examination you sat for. No matter what you responses were on that day, below is the opinion of Unique SSCE Past Questions And Answers:-

"The poem records the poet's impression of his homeland on his return. The prevailing mood of the poet is one of disappointment and unfulfillment as he struggles to adjust to the grim realities of life in his homeland. The situation is presented through several images.

There is the image of the warrior who goes to war in anticipation of returning with captives as proof of success or victory. This image illustrates the plight of the African student who travels oversees to engage in rigorous studies, "bloodless wars" and anticipates a return home with certificates
as evidence of success.
However, he faces disillusionment and frustrated aspirations for "the pledge" that is brought home that accounts for the "boots full of pride" is paradoxically a pledge "for burial", an indication of the "true massacre of the soul". As such though written in "rainbow colours" generating unlimited hopes and aspiration, it produces and engenders "sunken" hearts."
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