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Analysis Of Nine To Night By Toyin Adewale Gabriel

Nine To Night is a poem written by alluring, rosy, smiling, ambitious Nigerian poetess princess; Toyin Adewale Gabriel. To be candid, I've seen close to fifteen of the her poems online and guess what, they are mesmerizingly charming.

From the way see Nine To Night, the poem was written to celebrate her birthday "staring 40 in the face" which began the second stanza of the six stanza poem is prove to hold.

While searching for the themes of the poem, it wasn't hard for me to find self-reflection, hope, wish, tenacity and so on as the themes of the poem.

As mild as the bold as the tone of the poem was, it did fall-short of sweet poetic devices like metaphors where the major part of the poem saw the poet comparing herself to thing like undying voices.

The first three lines of the poem were similes; the first line goes "Like a shock of corn come at season". Age or number was also personified in the poem "staring 40 in the face". "cropped hair flying" was one of the imageries "strenghtened by the strife of the tongue" was one of the alliterations in the poem. The third stanza of the poem described "adulthood" in a way that pleased my mind.

Toyin Adewale Gabriel is a Nigerian writer, she has authored so many books and still waxing stronger in all her endeavors. More grease to her elbow.


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

Thematic Analysis Of Water By Philip Larkin

Water by Philip Larkin is a simple complex poem and the complexity of meaning within the simple structure of the poem has given it various opinions.

I will be dishing out my own point of view irrespective of its acceptance. I see freedom of choice and religious perspectives as the themes of the poem.

Philip Larkin began the poem as if someone requested his advice on the issue of starting a religion. He said that if he was called in to start a religion, he would not deny the use of water, the act of sousing and the scientific experimentation of placing a glass of water where it can generate more light:
"And I should raise in the east
A glass of water
Where any-angled light
Would congregate endlessly" (stanza 4 of Water by Philip Larkin)

I believe that Larkin took the use of water and drenching so important in his own religious creation because Christianity did the same where a true Christian m

Personification And Pathetic Fallacy

Judging by a layman definition, pathetic fallacy will mean a falseful feeling of sympathy, pity or compassion which is portrayed naturally or artificially by something or anything. Example could be traced to the crocodile eyes that always seem crying.

Literary speaking, pathetic fallacy is one among the literary terms; and has been placed under the canopy of personification. According to wikidedia article, The origin of the name "pathetic fallacy" was traced to John Ruskin. Writers use pathetic fallacy to give feeling of sympathy or joy to an inanimate object(s) whereas a personification is a figure of speech or prosopopeia in which inanimate object is given any human quality.

In this figure of speech, we credit nature with human qualities. Here, it could be a commiseration with human beings in a state of grief or nature celebrating with human beings in a state of happiness. It is used to heighten the effect of a particular event.

Since personification can occur in any form of literature (poetry, prose, and drama); Pathetic Fallacy can occur in poetry, prose and drama as well but it takes the knowledge of the difference between personification and pathetic fallacy to figure out which one is which.

In the movie Odyssey, the storm had human face to speak with Odysseus was not just a mytery but a personification as well.

In the poem Elegy To A Dead Friend by Samuel C. Enunwa, has a pathetic fallacy in stanza 2:
"Didn't you see
the emissaries of heavenly stars
paid condolence last night?
They wished you weren't dead."

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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings high above all)

Be Humble By Adebayo Faleti (Translator Samuel C. Enunwa)

faleit adebayo naijapoets

Whether riches you possess
Your riches feed not the whole universe.
Whether great knowledge is yours,
It can't be as of Solomon.
Maybe prestige is yous
The prestige of yours alone
Can never sew pride to the universe whole.
Humility is the virtue of prestige;
When God places you high,
Trample not the souls below.
With prudence, the wise one beats the peers
Many You do exist in this universe
And riches are not monopoly
Knowledge has more than one ally
You have riches
You have wealth
You have them to share with humans on earth.
Which vegetable hates to be loved?
Spinach is just privileged
To be the lover of all vegetarians on earth.
Land favors the crawling vegs
To cover a mass of land
Yam alon

Wande Abimbola Yoruba Spiritual Poetry

Ifa divinity has it own poetry which can be divided into two: (1) Ese Ifa (2) Iyere Ifa. Thise divine ways and its divine form of poetry have become a form of spirituality known to the whole world and many have preached such awareness but the most famous preacher of Ifa gospel is Prof. Wande Abimbola.

Wande Abimbola, as an academician, who did not only have the fluid of Yoruba language flowing within him but also took time to acquire degree in such language; has written so many great books and articles in his love for Ifa corpus and style.

Few of his published works are as follows:

(1) Wande Abimbola "Ijinle Ohun Enu Ifa Apa Kiini" Collins, Glasgow 1968.

(2) Wande Abimbola "Ijinle Ohun Enu Ifa Apa Keji" Collins, Glasgow 1969.

(3) Wande Abimbola "Sixteen Great Poems of Ifa" UNESCO 1975.

(4) Wande Abimbola "An Exposition Of Ifa Literary Corpus" University Press Limited 1976.

(5) Wande Abimbola "Ifa Divination Poetry" NOK Publishers, NY 1977.

(6) Wande Abimbola "Awon Oju Odu Mereerindinlogun" University Press 1977.

(7) Wande Abimbola "Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World" Aim Book, Boston 1997.

(8) Wande Abimbola "Ifa As A Body Of Knowledge And As An Academic Discipline" Lagos Notes And Records 1968 pp. 30-40

(9) Wande Abimbola "Burial Of The Dead Among The Yoruba" Preceedings Of The African Studies Staff Seminar, University Of Lagos 1970 pp. 98-144

(10) Wande Abimbola "A Chapter From The Second Odu Of Ifa" Black Orpheus 1969 pp. 7-12

(11) Wande Abimbola "The Ruins Of Oyo Division" African Notes 1964

(12) Wande Abimbola "The Odu Of Ifa" African Notes 1964 pp. 6-12

(13) Wande Abimbola "The Place Of Ifa In Yoruba Traditional Religion" African Notes 1965

(14) Wande Abimbola "The Ese Of Ifa" African Notes Institute Of African Studies, University Of Ibadan 1965 pp. 12-17

(15) Wande Abimbola "Ifa Divination Poems As Source Of Historical Evidence" Lagos Notes And Records 1970 pp. 11-20

Prof. Wande Abimbola is Nigerian of Yoruba ethnic group as an indigene of Oyo state. He was born 24 December 1932. He had B.A in History, University of Ibadan, 1963. M.A in Linguistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1966. Doctorate of Philosophy in Yoruba Literature, University of Lagos 1971. He became a full professor in the year 1976.

Prof. Wande Abimbola had taught in University of Ibadan (1963-1965) University of Lagos (1966-1972) Obafemi Awolowo University (1972-1981) Indiana University, Harvard University, University of Louisville, etc.

Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (1982-1990) Adviser to the Nigerian President on Traditional Matters and Cultural Affairs, Office of the Presidency, Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria (2003-2005) Editor, Lagos Notes and Records, Bulletin of the Institute of African and Asian Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

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

Superstition By Minji Karibo

Superstition by Minji Karibo is one way an old but never aging poem. It's ability to reveal one of the cultural injections most Africans with rural background carry, makes the poem always refreshing in the heart of every readers (with or without a rural African upbringing).

From the poem, it is shown that information is passed from generation to generation irrespective of maybe such information is true. It is left to the people to figure out the genuiness of the information.

The poem lacks a static rhyme patt

Poetic Devices In Snake By D. H. Lawrence


the poet made use of carefully selected words in describing the actions of the snake: "He lifted his head from his drinking as cattle do and looked vaguely as drinking cattle do. And flickered his two forked tongue from his lips and mused a moment..."

The poet made use of images such as "Sicilian July" "Accursed human education"

He personified the snake with the use of the third person pronoun "a king in exile"

"and l like a second comer, waiting" "his head as cattle do" "like a king" are few examples of similes in the poem.

In line 2 "on a hot, hot day" carries a repetition. "Must wait, must stand and wait" in line 6 as well has repetition

Alliteration also existed in the poem "brown slackness soft" "softly drank through his straight gums" and rhetorical question in the poem are:

"Into the burning bowels of t

At Castle Wood By Emily Bronte


The day is done, the winter sun

Is setting in its sullen sky;

And drear the course that has been run,

And dim the beams that slowly die.

No star will light my coming night;

No moon of hope for me will shine;

I mourn not Heaven would blast my sight,

And I never longed for ways divine.

Through Life's hard task I did not ask

Celestial aid, celestial cheer:

I saw my fate without its mask,

And met it too without a tear.

The grief that prest this living breast

Was heavier far than earth can be;

And who would dread eternal rest

When labour's hire was agony?

Dark falls the fear of this despair

On spirits born for happiness;

But I was bred the mate of care,

The foster-child of sore distress.

No sighs for me, no sympathy,

No wish to keep my souls below;

The heart is dead sinc

Analysis Of The Blind Man By Pius Oleghe



Pius Oleghe, the author of this poem is a Nigerian. He once worked as a teacher. A graduate of the University of Ibadan that is why this poem (The Blind Man) first appeared in Nigerian Student Verse.


Was that a sound piercing his darkness?

The blind man shuddered:

"Who's there?"

He gasped; jerked forward, strained ears, ruffled poise

To catch a repetition of the noise_

Which never came again.

He rectified, again he bent:

The broken silence was doubly silent

Now. "Who's there?" he called

Again, nor waited for reply:

His hands stretched out, fingers felt about

To something, anything, and pu

Analysis Of Crossing The Bar By Lord Alfred Tennyson

Crossing The Bar by Lord Alfred Tennyson 1809-1892, such a poem can be considered an elegy. It was note that Tennyson asked his son to always add this poem to the end of his anthologies. As a sign of closure to his life on earth and to his world of poetic living. A four stanza poem with four lines each stanza. The poem holds a simple diction flowed with metaphors and symbolisms; it has a rhyme pattern of ABAB CDCD, etc.

The poem speaks of the poet's readiness to embark on an e

Analysis Of The Pulley By George Herbert

Here are the themes of the poem, "The Pulley" by George Herbert:
(1) The limitation in human existence
(2) The blessings bestowed man through creation
(3) The problems associated to riches
(4) The vanity of possessions in presence of loneliness

The following are the figuratives within the poem:
(1) Rhyme pattern of ABABA CDCDC, etc.
(2) Personification in line 19-20 "If goodne
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