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Analysis Of Half Past Two By U A Fanthorpe

This 11 stanza poem is woven with 3 lines per stanza to a total of 33 lines. The diction is very simple except for some intentional disarranged words for the purpose of clarifying the setting of the poem. Rich in repetition with a third person point of view, it is void of rhythm, end-rhyme, simile, run-on-line, etc. 

“Half Pass Two” by began thus:
 “Once upon a schooltime
He did Something Very Wrong
(I forget what it was)

And she said he’d done
Something Very Wrong, and must
Stay in the school-room till half-past two…”

In summary, the voice of the poem told of a little schoolboy who was asked by the teacher to remain alone in the classroom till half-past two as a form of punishment to an unknown misconduct. The na├»ve little boy never understood the term “half-past two” and wasn’t brave enough to inquire the meaning from the teacher. The boy remained in the school till dark before taken home.

And the truth is that when I was in class 3, I was a victim of such. I did offend my class teacher and she asked me to be walking up and down the long class pavement with my knees. I knelt to and fro the pavement from around 12pm till 5pm before the school security saw me while inspecting the school classrooms and asked me to stand and be going home. I refused with the fear that my teacher would be very angry when she realized I left the punishment without her permission but in class the next day she didn’t even asked me about it_ meaning she didn’t remember that she left me kneeling and when home.

I have analyzed a poem whose main theme relates to formal education_ The Schoolboy by William Blake, this poem slightly shares such theme.

Few among the themes in this poem “Half Past Two” by U A Fanthorpe are Imperfection, inferiority, naivety, teaching and learning, timing, etc. The teacher’s inability to track the schoolboy’s level of knowledge plus her wrong judgmental action proves that formal education remains imperfect atmosphere for learning. “he was too scared at being wicked to remind her” which in line 9 points at pupils’ level of inferiority to their teachers. Another theme in the poem is naivety. Not only did the poem speaker’s diction portrayed the little schoolboy naivety with the use of “gettinguptime” in line 11, “timetogohomenowtime” and “Tvtime” in line 12, “timeformykisstime” in line 13; he also didn’t possess the mature mindset that questions authority.

It is no denying that teaching and learning is a vital part of human development but it sometimes falls in the trap of ambiguity which in turn results to misinterpretation. Though, as simple as it seems, the phrase “half-past two” became too huge for the little schoolboy to understand. Another theme in the poem is the theme of timing which governs every human existence not excluding the little schoolboy.

Mama Ruth and Beneatha in A Raisin in Sun

Question;- How are Mama, Ruth and Beneatha portrayed in the play [WAEC May June 2017]

Answer;- In 1957, Lorraine Hansberry crafted a drama that will forever remind generations of African-Americans of their ancestral hunger for higher social status in the midst of poverty; the drama being A Raisin in the Sun.

The drama saw the poor Younger family witnessed competing dreams from every member of the family in anticipation for the $10,000 insurance check.

In examining Mama, Ruth and Beneatha, despite their contrasting traits and characters, the one biding similarity is that they were all dreamers.

Kindo As A Warlord In The Blood Of A Stranger

Question;- Examine the role of Kindo as a warlord in The Blood of a Stranger by Dele Charley [WAEC MAY JUNE 2016] 

Answer;- One of the dramas that attempted to point the past events of colonial exploitation in Africa is the Blood of a Stranger written by Dele Charley, a Sierra Leonean author and playwright. Before his death in the year 1993, he had contributed largely to literature in Africa and beyond. 

One of such contribution is the Blood of a Stranger which has remained widely accepted. 

Aloho as a Victim of Circumstance in Harvest of Corruption

The term 'pen-robber' is one of the words used in the drama 'Harvest of Corruption' to symbolize embezzlers of public funds. The drama has it that some unscrupulous civil servants [Chief Ade Amaka] take advantage of their bestowed offices as a means of stealing from the government.

Among many of the characters in the drama is Aloho. She can be considered the protagonist of the drama. Aloho is a young graduate who found it hard to secure a job for a very long period after graduating from university with a second class upper in Mass Communication.

6 Interesting Analysis of Classic Nigerian Poets

6 Analysis Of Classic Nigerian Poets

1. Wole Soyinka: 
A 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature holder, Professor Wole Soyinka was born 13th of July in the year 1934 to the family of Samuel and Eniola Soyinka. He is a Nigerian poet and author among many other thing. Soyinka has written many universally accepted poem and one of them is Deep Analysis of Post-Mortem by Wole Soyinka

2. John Pepper Clark: 
A very well recognized Nigerian poet and writer, J. P. Clark was born on the 6th of April in the year 1935; Kiagbodo in Nigeria. As a way of sustaining the love for Clark literary intelligence, a blog was created called One of loved poem is
Analysis of Agbor Dancer by John Pepper Clark

3. Chinua Achebe: 
The 2010 holder of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, Albert Chinualumogu Achebe is a name that always come to mind when mentioning the Nigerian widely adapted drama; Things Fall Apart. He lived between 16-11-1930 and 21-03-2013. One among his poems is
Analysis of Mango Seedling by Chinua Achebe

4. Christopher Okigbo: 
Known for writing poetry and drama, Christopher Ifekandu Okigbo lived between 1932 and 1967; a Nigerian born in Anambra state. During his short stay on earth, he is remembered for some poem such as
Analysis of Poem Passion Flower by Christopher Okigbo

5. Niyi Osundare: 
He is a writer and poet that can also be considered a mild activist. Professor Niyi Osundare, teaches English language and my favorite of his poem is
Analysis of Not My Business by Niyi Osundare

6. Ben Okri:
 Born in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria on the 15th of March, 1959. Ben Okri has lived in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom; both reflect in his poem for instance
Analysis of Living Is A Fire by Ben Okri

Persona's View of Aging In Panic of Growing Older


Examine The Persona's View Of Aging In The Panic Of Growing Older.


Lenrie Peters is one of the big names in West African poetry. His contributions have promoted West African poetic styles.

In his poem "The Panic of Growing Older", he concerned himself with the expected achievement associated with each stage of human life. The poem is a bit similar to William Shakespeare's Ten Stages of Man; where Shakespeare portrayed the sequences of life from cradle to old age.

Unlike Shakespeare, Lenrie Peters focused his concerns on the earthly achievement associated with each stage of human growth.

The issue of hope is paramount in this poem. Lenrie Peters pointed that a person begins adulthood with beautiful hopes:
"at twenty
stilled by hope
of gigantic success
and exploration"

Down the line of growing older, such hope began to wane due to underachievement. One becomes unnecessarily busy in domesticity that won't give room of seeing the moon, one begins to suffer emotional pains due to inability to achieve expected goals.

"hope is not a grain of sand" death comes at anytime to anyone therefore relying on scientific maxims is baseless.

Analysis of Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Analysis of Invictus by William Ernest Henley
My bleeding head dashed at many unseen blockades yet I didn’t succumb nor...

About the Poem
Invictus by William Ernest Henley is a poem that anyone facing a hard challenge or embarking on a certain herculean task must keep at heart because it arouses the spirit of tenacity and endurance; knowing fully well that tough times don’t last but tough people do.

Poem Paraphrase
 I thank whatever God that privileged me to survive the thick darkness I trekked. My bleeding head dashed at many unseen blockades yet I didn’t succumb nor cried painfully aloud. Beyond these unhappy circumstances, I will continually remain brave for many years to come. Irrespective of the pleasure or suffering, I am responsible for my destiny and life on earth.

Analysis of In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sarah Ladipo Manyika is the author of the novel title "In Dependence". She is a British-Nigerian writer born on the 7th of March, 1968 (According to a Wikipedia record).

"In Dependence" by Sarah Manyika is a novel about love affair whose survival is dependent on culture and geography. Tayo and Vanessa fell in love but found it hard to transform their love affair into marriage due to their difference in cultural believe and wide distance in terms of their background. While Vanessa's father (Mr. Richardson) saw no future in Tayo and Vanessa's relationship, Tayo was also surrounded with friends who detested marrying English lady.

10 Analysis of Poem by George Herbert

10 Analysis of Poem by George Herbert
Redemption by George Herbert is another of his poems that adores the...

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Baby T as a Victim of Social Injustices in Faceless by Amma Darko

QUESTION:- Consider Baby T as a Victim of Social Injustices in the novel. (WAEC May/Jun 2017)

The bond of any community is made strong through socialization but in the recent time, the effect of urban congestion has given rise to all sorts of social injustices such as exploitation, harassment, favoritism, and socio-community  vices.

In the novel "Faceless" by Amma Darko, some social injustices which sprout from the issue of street child phenomenon were dealt with.

From the look of things, urban congestion led to poverty which led to the problem of broken marriages which also gave room to children been thrown to the scavenger street living.

In the novel, a teenage girl, living on the street, was miserably found dead at the back of a kiosk in Agbogbloshie market; her name is Baby T. Besides the fact that Baby T topped the victim list of social injustice in Sodom and Gomorrah, other characters in the novel had their own slices as well. Maa Tsuru jilted by men, Kabria lost her purse to pickpocket, Odarley was doomed to street life, Fofo found herself running away from rapist, etc.

Analysis Of Sonnet 10 By William Shakespeare

Sonnet 10 is composed as one of the many William Shakespeare's sonnets. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Warwickshire, England. Everybody remembers him for the drama "Romeo and Juliet" among his many other beautiful contributions to art and literature.

Shakespeare held importance to love, life, death and nature; his poetry and drama mostly revolve round such subjects. In this poem, part of the message is (a) placing virtue above pleasure (b) love is give and take. The person addressed in the poem, pretend not to possess affection towards any; all in the name of maintaining virtue: "For shame, deny that thou bear’st love to any/ Who for thyself art so unprovident." The poet considered such act to be very unwise and self inflicting kind of pain.

Analysis Of My Sister By Liz Lochhead

One of the best way the little ones learn faster is through imitation. To the kids, imitation is the best form of trial-and-error because it comes with few hurts or mistakes before the actual mastery.

Even in the foundational classroom learning, imitation is adopted for the kindergartens via recitations and mimicries.

To summarize the poem "My Sister" by Liz Lochhead, my little twelve years old sister loves to play hopscotch wearing my shoes too big for her feet.

The Writer's Narrative Style In Lonely Days By Bayo Adebowale

Narrative Style In Lonely Days By Bayo Adebowale

With the help of well chosen narrative styles; Bayo Adebowale drove his message into the hearts of the readers...
[Comment on the writer's narrative style in the novel (WASSCE JUNE 2016)

We all know how painful it is to part with something of huge value. Waking up one calm morning to realise that one's lovely kitten or cat is dead; leaves the heart with some particles of sorrow not to mention the death of a loved one.

The sorrow and loneliness that come with bereavement is found paramount in the novel "Lonely Days" by Bayo Adebowale. A novel that discussed widowhood and it associated plights within African society (Nigeria as a case study). Yaremi among other widows suffered humiliation, intimidation and loneliness after the lost of her husband, Ajumobi.

Analysis Of A Postcard From The Volcano By Wallace Stevens

From the title of the poem, the poet considered this classic work of art to be a postcard that would be found amidst the wreck caused by volcano. The poet, through the eyes of foreshadowed imagination, was seen thinking about what the little children who later found their skeletons would think about them.

In his imagination, he assumed the children wouldn't know how agile and fast they could run like "foxes on the hill" and the reaction on their skeletal faces would tell the children how they felt when "The spring clouds blow/ Above the shuttered mansion house/ Beyond our gate and the windy sky/ Cries out a literate despair."

8 Analysis Of Poems By Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson is a well known name in the universe of poetry. Born in Somersby, United Kingdom and lived between 1809 and 1892. As a poet laureate, there are still hundreds of his poems that can never die in the hearts of poetry lovers worldwide.

10 Analysis of William Shakespeare Poems

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