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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Analysis Of Breaking Out By Marge Piercy


Looking through the poem, will I be damn correct to conclude the feeling of justification in the poet's mood?

Well, either you consider the above a rhetorical question or not, naijapoets.com is willing to analyze the poem further. In life, one of the though decisions to make is to break out of something or somewhere because it requires more efforts and planning not excluding teamwork in some cases_ just like in the case of Michael Scofield in the TV drama title "Prison Break". It took Andy a very solid and brave plan to break out in the movie titled "Shawshank Redemption" where he used a chess piece called Queen to dip through the prison wall.

Breaking Out is a poem written by Marge Piercy; an American poet and author born the 31st of March, 1936. She is considered one among the authors of feminism with many books to her credit. Her book "Gone To Soldiers" made the list of New York Times Best Sellers (it's worth mentioning though this present era has gone pass the craziness of Best Sellers tag)

The poet shared her childhood experience (not a pleasant one though). One of the things that children disliked in their tender ages is chores irrespective of the gender_ boy or girl. Marge Piercy, in this poem "Breaking Out", showed her childhood dislike for chores from a feminine point of view. She saw it as one of the most unfair things to the female gender by sympathising with her laborious "...mother removing daily/ the sludge the air lay down like a snail's track".

She further explained her mother's plight metaphorically in stanza four:
"so that when in school i read of Sisyphus
and his rock, it was her I
thought of, housewife scrubbing
on raw knees as the factory rained ash."

To further justify her hatred for chores, she pointed at the unwilling mangle that helplessly does ironing, an upright vacuum complaining via deflated sighs while the two opened doors gossip and mock them. As seen in the poem, the laziness of the poet was always corrected with beating.

In the semifinal stanza of the poem, the poet "broke out" by putting an end to the punishment of evading chores and referred to her victory as a power gained than a tale of innocence lost:
"When I was eleven, after a beating
I took the ruler and smashed it to kindling.
Fingering the splinters I could not believe.
How could this rod prove weaker than me?
It was not that i was never again beaten
but in destroying that stick that had measured my pain
the next day i was an adolescent, not a child."

What are other things of note? The setting which is home, the theme which are the children dislike for chores, and the inferiority of the female to the male gender. The poem is a free verse of nine stanzas written with the first person singular point of view_ the repeated use of "I". The stanza six is simile filled "When I had been judged truly wicked
that stick was the tool of punishment,
I was beaten as I bellowed like a locomotive
as if noise could ward off blows." Other figures of speech are enjambments, "stuffed sausage bag" is both imagery and alliteration, "Sisyphus" is a metaphor.

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo With Wings Flying)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Analysis Of In The Bazaars Of Hyperabad By Sarojini Naidu

Is there any poem that embodies the four "P"s of marketing (The Marketing Mix)? The answer is yes.

I have been privileged to see many poems with commerce or selling as its main subject but none has been so complete as Sarojini Naidu's poem titled "In The Bazaars of Hyderabad".

This poem by Sarojini Naidu is a gem crafted out of the tools of imageries and rhetorical questions. "What do you sell, O ye merchants?" in line 2, "What do you play, O ye musicians?" in line 22, and many other questions portray varying ongoing activities in that mystery market. Sarojini Naidu is one of the notable voice in Indian literature; also referred to as the Nightingale of India, she lived from 1879 to 1949.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Analysis Of Alone By James Joyce

                                      
Alone by James Joyce
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This is a simple 8 line poem sending the message of nightly beauty in her calmness and the importance of having a companion. It sets at night near a lake, Joyce divided the poem into 2 equal stanzas of 4 lines each and well arranged with intersecting rhyme scheme_ the first stranza described the appearance of the lake as caused by the clouded moon. While in the second stanza, the emotion of the poet was revealed as of “...delight/ A swoon of shame.”
  • “The noon’s greygolden meshes make (the moon is referred to as greygolden)
  • “All night a veil” (means the community was covered with darkness as veil)
  • “The shorelamps in the sleeping lake” (lake which the poet personified has a light reflection from its shore and a plant trailing in)
  • “And all my soul is a delight” (‘soul’ is a metonymy in place of body and ‘delight’ for romantic feeling)
  • “A swoon of shame” (the line has alliteration with the “s” sound. ‘swoon’ = infatuation, ‘shame’ = unworthy)
  • James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet who lived between 1882 and 1941.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry

(the Leo With Wings Flying)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Analysis Of Sonnet 3 By William Shakespeare

Analysis of Sonnet 3 by William Shakespeare



IMAGE FROM:- williamshakespeare.net

Naijapoets.com has been privileged to analyze Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare to a reasonable detail. It is another fun to discuss Sonnet 3 from personal perspective. William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor who lived between 1564 and 1616.
Line 1-2 advised the unmarried man to look straight into the mirror and assure himself the time has come to start a family. Line 3-4 if you sieve not this moment and provide yourself a heir, you have cheated the world. Line 5-6, is there any wife that will see delight in locking her womb to deny the husband of becoming father? Line 7-8 or is there any man that will disregard posterity because he loves to live alone and die alone? Line 9-10 you are your mother’s mirror and through your offspring she can enjoy the memories of being a nursing mother. Line 11-12 and through your offspring, you will be privileged to see this time again while in old age. Line 13-14 as you continue to live, remember not to die single else your legacy dies with you.
The major message in this poem deals with life, death, family and legacy_ Life goes on via the procreation process of birth and death being the normal chain of life. From the context of the poem, Shakespeare believed time is precious and must be grabbed at the right moment else will be gone forever.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo With Wings Flying)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Analysis Of Ololu; An Egungun By Yetunde Esan

Ololu- an Egungun (Yetunde Esan)
Egungun (masquerade) is a very prominent aspect of the Yoruba because of the believe that the ancestors return once a year and live with their people for a short period. During the day time such a spirit_ an egungun_ disguises himself by covering his head and body. He visits his households and receives presents. In return he blesses those living and wish them well until his next return. There are diverse stories to support egungun’s emergence since there are different egunguns amidst the Yorubas and each with different character, costume, taboo to distinguish him from the other.


Some Yoruba language cultural writers have claimed that Ologbojo is the most reverend of the Egunguns while others give it not to him. In the case of Ololu, there is only one of its kind in the whole of Yorubaland. He must not be seen by women as he wears no disguise when parading the environment. Formally, any woman who sets eyes on him will die but today, such has been prevented by the sacrifice of goat before he goes out.

“Ololu- an Egungun” is a poem written by Yetunde Esan, a Nigerian writer and educator who at the time of this post resides in the United Kingdom based on the poet’s linkedin profile. “Ololu- an Egungun” was written when the author was a student of University of Ibadan.

The diction of the poem is very simple in the sense that imageries and repetitions have assisted the rendition.
The arrangement of events in the poem are two opposing ones where stanza 1-3 reveal the genuine Ololu and his power while 4-6 tells of the present day fabricated Ololu masquerade. Yetunde noted that in the past, Ololu must not be seen by women because of Ololu’s “Regalia” in line 6 which in summation are all that the egungun parades with such as charm, amulet, herb, or items having magical properties, the poet pointed that he “Must not be seen by a woman’s eye” and truly when the daughter broke the rule, she died on the spot. But the day she peeped to see for herself, she wished she was backed “In the good old days when/ Ololu was a semi-god/ With seven skulls”

The poem is cultural with the Yoruba community as its setting. Indirectly, Yetunde Esan expressed her sadness over the lost of true strength in African culture in terms of regards for the culture and its dwindled supernaturalism. Another message from the poem is the deep-rooted issue of gender inequality within African communities since men are superior to women. The 30 line poem has a lot of alliterations and imageries; where some of the noticeable alliterations are “Seven skulls” in line 1, “his heart, his head” in line 5, “And dropped down dead!” in line 15, “tall thin” in line 23, “plain pyjamas” in line 24, “I wished I were back” in line 26.

The images of sight are “Blood drained, wild eyed, a baleful look” in line 2, “Is steeped in the very devil’s blood” in line 7, “walked out once in full array” in line 12. Other figurative are assonance “out_ a great crowd” in line 21, “old days when Ololu was” in line 27. Repetition of “Ololu”, “I”, “skulls”, “back”, “blood”. Few of the family words in the poem are “man”, “men”, “head”, “skull”, “woman”, “daughter”, “girl”, “barefooted”, “bareheaded”.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry

(the Leo With Wings Flying)

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