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Friday, June 30, 2017

Analysis Of Mango Seedling By Chinua Achebe


This is a mild elegy to the great memory of Christopher Okigbo, another classic African poet. With recipes of imagery such as "glass window pane" "sickly green" then an alliteration "Sky striking bravely to sink root" then rhetorical question such as "How long the feast on remnant flour at the pot bottom?" then repetition "beyond fable, beyond faith" and then "Danced, parted round its feet" is an instance of personification in the poem

Who is Christopher Okigbo? And who is Chinua Achebe?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Analysis Of Living Ancients By Matthew Shenoda

According to an online article, “Matthew Shenoda is an Egyptian poet and former assistant provost for equity and diversity and faculty member in the School of Critical Studies at the Califonia Institute of the Arts.

How To Understand Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

Detailed Background
What experience led to Shakespeare’s creation of this poem? What reality is in Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare? How does the poem’s background and setting reflect our present environment?
William Shakespeare wrote many sonnets during his lifetime and Sonnet 18 is one among the popular which might be as a result of the varying circumstances surrounded the poem. Almost his sonnets held similar subjects such as love, life, death, beauty, etc. 

This could result from the fact that those subjects were very much in vogue among writers and artist of his era considering the poem of Christopher Marlowe “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” also reflected love. Sonnet 18 is a poem directed towards the poet’s heart of love to someone else (a feminine). The works of William Shakespeare sent a vivid message to the readers showing that the poet was a very emotional person. This reminds me of a movie about the poet titled “Shakespeare In Love” where the poet who acted as a playwright in the movie and was seen busy writing a love poem to impress her newly found lover named Viola de Lesseps; the movie “Shakespeare in Love” was released in the year 1998.

Shakespeare married at the age of 18 as recorded by many articles about the poet and his wife name Anne Hathaway who had three children for the poet. To answer the question of what led Shakespeare to writing Sonnet 18, many research has viewed the sonnet as a poem directed to another lover different from the poet’s wife since Shakespeare was a very famous poet of his time and having a secret lover might not totally be a false assumption. What reality is in the message of the poem? The reality in the poem can be linked to the common nature of human attractions which are mostly propelled by outward beauty and material possessions. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Poetry Prizes You Must Not Miss


  • The National Poetry Competition

This is awarded annually to any single poem written in English Language. The poet receives an award of £5000. This is open to any poet age 17 and above with a single poem worthy of competition. For detail on WHEN TO SEND, HOW TO SEND, then follow HERE>>>

  • The 2017 Book Prize

This is awarded annually for poetry collections. The winner receives $1000 and a free publication by National Poetry Review Press. This prize is open to any poet with a poetry collection numbering up to 45 pages and written in English language. For detail on WHEN TO SEND, HOW TO SEND, then follow HERE>>>

  • The Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest

This prize is open to any first/second book of poetry in English language. The poet receives an award of $3000, a publication of the book by Omnidawn Publishing, 100 free copies of the published book and extensive displayed advertising and publicity. For detail on WHEN TO SEND, HOW TO SEND, then follow HERE>>>

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Analysis Of Love III by George Herbert

Love III by George Herbert is an eighteen line love poem with a static rhythm plus end rhyme pattern of ABABCCDEDEFFGHGHII. The message of the poem is about the unconditional love of Christ and the unrighteous nature of human.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Analysis of The Opening Minutes of A Film by Gabeba Baderoon

“The Opening Minutes of a Film” is a poem written by an award-winning South African poet with the name Gabeba Baderoon. She was born 21st of February of 1969 and her literary contribution has won the Daimler Chrysler Award in 2005. Based on personal perspective, the eight stanza poem speaks of the unwavering companionship of human shadow (I hope I’m correct on this one). The poet expressed the thoughts of the abstract shadow from a first person point of view with the reoccurring “I” in the poem and the use of “we” proved the shadow’s spirit of unity.  

At first, the innocence expressed in stanza one and six made me feel the poet is referring to a baby but further lines in the poem showed otherwise. It is a general believe that wherever we go, whatever we do, our shadow is our witness; The poem “The Opening Minutes of a Film” by Gabeba Baderoon restated the believe. In the first stanza, we see the person’s standing position, then in the second stanza when the person was walking to the station “against the adverts in the subway” and how deep the trust of the shadow in stanza 4 “I want you to look at me/ You look back, maybe to see/ if we’re going in the same direction” The second last stanza seems complex “We both know something is about to happen/ I don’t want to talk” then she ended the poem with “Keep walking, but look back/ So we know we are together”. 

The messages from the poem are of trust, innocence, companionship, while the setting is a place where ray of light does cast shadow namely the subway. The free verse opened with simile “like the opening minutes of a film” and proceeded with other poetic devices such as assonance “against the adverts in the subway” alliteration “slow down so much” metaphor “your hair seems liquid” and repetition of “slow” “want” “walking”.

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

National Poetry Day 2017 Theme Is Freedom

image from squarespace.com
Freedom has been  tagged the theme for the upcoming poetry day celebration 2017. Very awesome and thoughtful in the sense that the universe seek freedom from fear and chaotic happenings around the globe. Poetry, with its origin from Greek word "poiesis" is a deep thought form of art created in broken lines for verse motive. Poetry has been one of the classic and best means of communication_ a true reasonable medium to claim the freedom of humans at this present era.  

The National Poetry Day 2017 celebration tends to hold 28th of September, has caused the BBC working with the Forward Arts Foundation to commission 12 local poets across England to each write a poem based on a distinctive local expression. The chosen expressions will be taken from words that have been suggested by listeners to BBC Local Radio, on social media, and in interviews and discussions. The words suggested will also be considered for inclusion in the OED which seems a flavor to dialects and also broadens the scope of English language.

This link at "WriteOutLoud" website has a very comprehensive idea as regards National Poetry Day and BBC team up with OED to unearth local words for poems | Write Out Loud

To join the event on twitter the following link is required #nationalpoetryday.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

How To Understand Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara

The Message and Structural Review
The poem “Piano and Drums” by Gabriel Okara focused on the poets position with two opposing cultures (African and European) and from the context of the poem, his African background which was symbolized with “Drums” was deeply explained all through the first and the second stanzas; at the commencement of the third stanza, he revealed his feeling towards his newly embraced way of life (the European civilized living) which was symbolized by the poet with the image of “Piano”.  As it is very necessary for the readers to link the form of the poem to the themes, the theme of African cultural simplicity resided with stanza one and two. How? Okara felt that the African culture is simpler and easier to live with as seen to be full of innocence; lacking innovation “fashioned with the naked/ warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts/ in green leaves and wild flowers pulsing”. 


The theme of foreign cultural complexity dominated the third stanza of the poem where the symbol “Piano” was hard to understand leaving the poet lost in its rhythm. The poet then confessed his confusion of which culture to fully embrace at the final stanza of the poem:
“And I lost in the morning mist
of an age at a riverside keep
wandering in the mystic rhythm
of jungle drums and the concerto”

Exactly which parts of the poem can the themes be drawn? To attend to this question, here are few of the themes (i) Simplicity of the African culture (ii) the complex European lifestyle (iii) dilemma (iv) clash of two culture (v) reminiscence/innocence. Between line 12-16, Gabriel Okara spoke on the simplicity in the African culture saying “at once I’m walking simple/ paths with no innovations/ rugged, fashioned with the naked/ warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts/ in green leaves and wild flowers pulsing”. From line 17-20, the complexity of the European culture was portrayed as “a wailing piano/ solo speaking of complex ways/ in tear-furrowed concerto/ on far away lands…” 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Theme Of Frustrated Dreams In Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti

Relate the title of the poem ambush to the theme of frustrated dream WAEC MAY/JUNE 2017
To answer this question, we must shed light on the title of the poem, then explain the theme of frustrated dream before relating the title and the theme. To start with the title, The title symbolized the various unfair acts perpetrated by “the land” using the giant whale, the giant hawk, the sabre-toothed tiger.

“The land“ frustrated the dwellers ambition hopelessly and deceitfully. “The land” in the poem “Ambush” by Gbemisola Adeoti is symbolized by the poet to paint the clear picture of frustration witnessed by the dwellers. From line 1-7, “the land” was compared to a giant whale denying the fishermen of the fishes they ought to catch by swallowing “the sinker with hook, line and bait”. In every human endeavor, there is always a target for success and the fishermen in the poem exemplified such by aiming at certain number of fish to be caught at the end of their expedition; to their utmost chagrin the giant whale frustrated their targeted success and made them returned home empty handed.
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