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Review Of Diviner's Hand By Lola Shoneyin

This is maternal and more like a soliloquy. A mother speaking to her baby while combing her hairs. She had the worries of whether she would live old to tell the baby all the most needed experiences of life.
In the first stanza, she had the worry about how long she would live on earth to take care of the baby and comb the baby's hairs:
"Sometimes I wonder
how much longer I shall be here
to bite your hair
with my wooden toothcomb."
She saw death as something romantic which made her claim that she wasn't afraid of death:
"I am not afraid
of the freeze of frail fingers;
there is something
romantic about loss."
In the third and fourth stanzas, Lola Shoneyin revealed that she only worried about uncertainty of human lives and the unpredictability

Analysis Of River By Gert Vlok Nel

Gert Vlok Nel wrote the poem "River" as if a letter to a lover at a very long distance; in that wise, the major theme of the poem is love. The first five lines (first stanza) of the poem portrayed the poet comparing the means of getting to his lover to that of river navigating before getting to the sea:
"River, o river you’re the deepest word that I know
I could navigate by you to the sea and to her in the
hope that I would win her heart,
but desert is the word by which
I must journey to win her heart"
Gert Vlok Nel journeyed through Pretoria to end his journey at Beaufort West after he had claimed in the second stanza of the poem that his love awaited him somewhere in Cape. Until the end part of the poem, it became clear that the distant lover of the poet was dead not at all on earth:
"Last night I slept in Beaufort West
in the Wagon Wheel

Deep Analysis Of Over The World's Rim By William Faulkner

Over The World's Rim by William Faulkner is dominated by rhetorical questions. I guess this four stanza poem is motivated by the swift and steady rotation of the earth, time and seasons. At the moment Faulkner wrote the poem, it was December (end of the year): "Over the world's rim, drawing bland November/ Reluctant behind them, drawing the moons of cold" referring to line 1-2.
With the aid of rhetorical questions the poet wondered why the seasons keep dying and resurrecting on earth, he wondered if he had once had such privilege before he was born to this earth where he owned his living to death's limitation:
"What do their lonely voices wake to remember
In this dust ere 'twas flesh? what restless old
Dream a thousand years was safely sleeping
Wakes my blood to sharp unease? what horn

Analysis Of Beat The Drums By Echezonachukwu Nduka

"Beat the drums" is the refrain of the poem that added to its musical rhythm. "When my heart warms my fantasies" means when I'm very glad "I wrestled my nightmares to the ground/ And gave sight to my blind vision" has "nightmares" and "vision" personified

"I am no loser", "I am courage", "I am posterity" are intentionally planted in the poem to show the poem speaker's positiveness, self-esteem, optimism

The stanza four of the poem not only portrays the poet's first person point of view, it also has metaphor, personification and simile:
"I am my own strength
I send my wrath to distant lands
Like lightening flashing from dark clouds
And thunder striking the enemies’ camp"

The voice of the poem further expresses his level of wisdom by comparing himself to those not brave enough to face the music of destiny:
"Those who pursue weak shadows
Are driven by gods of insanity
Cowardice makes their dishes
And wipes clean their illusive ego"

The 8 stanza poem has 4 lines per stanza though the lines didn't maintain any regular rhyme or rhythm except for the use of refrain.
It has a musical setting but not with a lyrical form. The words in the poem belonging to the music family are "drum" "dance" "rhythm" and besides the music, there are evidence of nature in the poem. "The lion roars in the wild" "lightening flashing from dark clouds/ And thunder striking the enemies’ camp" "Those who pursue weak shadows/ Are driven by gods of insanity". The poem "Beat The Drums" by Echezonachukwu Nduka can be themed under bravery, enemy rivalry, journey into destiny, etc.

The poem persona requests for the beating of the drums that will usher him the dance into his destiny. He sees the dance as a form of bravery towards the enemies, which is better than to be chickened into the future ahead.


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

Analysis Of Springlet By José Zorilla

The theme of the poem is Nature. The writer, Jose Zorilla, wrote the poem in a first person perspective. The poem must have been birth forth out of keen observation of the movement of Springlet.

The mood of the poem, according to perspective, is somehow indifferent, but in the sense of it, there was a sense of appreciation to nature. The tone was rather passive, as the theme was approached lightly. The atmosphere is cool, a spring ambience.

The dictions employed are perfect. They painted the images well in an appreciative manner.

The first line, 'hasting on, the springlet flows', tells of the movement of spring water, which is rapid. It's bed is dark brown, painting the picture of algae growing across it. The spring licks up the bed as it goes... Moving water carries anything it comes across in its paths; the bed was being washed away as it moves.

A clear water glows as crystal when viewed as it strides along its path. The

Analysis Of Telephone Conversation By Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka’s “Telephone Conversation” is an articulate exchange of words between a dark West African man and his British landlady that unrelenting verges on
the question of apartheid. The poet makes use of the most clear means to voice his views, through a telephone conversation, where there is immediate and natural exchange. It shows a one-to-one discussion between the two. The talk between a dark and a white individual at once shows universal overtones.
At the outset, the poet says that the price seemed reasonable and the location ‘indifferent’. Note that as a word, even though the word “indifferent” denotes being ‘unbiased’, it is a word with a somewhat negative words. However, as we come across the Landlady’s biased nature; the word ‘indifferent’ gains positive overtones, as it is better than
being impartial. The lady swears that she lived ‘off premises’.

Nevertheless, the very aspect of his colour is a conundrum to her, far from her promise to remain indifferent.
Nothing remains for the poet, he says, but confession. It gives a picture of him sitting in a confessional, when he hasn’t committed any crime….his crime is his colour, race and background, his feeling can't change who he is. He tells the lady that he disdain a futile journey. Though his words connote more than he literally symbolizes. The poet seems to be weak of his life perturbed by racist prejudices. As he mentions his race, the lady is trapped with
silence, but a silence that speaks
volumes. A telephone is an instrument that primarily transmits voices, here it becomes a medium for silence also. The civilized world, has these silent powerful issues that need to be voiced.
Here, the silence echoes. It is a silence that is the consequence of her developed upbringing. However, her prejudices go beyond her to primitivism,

Discuss Any Three Poetic Devices Employed In Gabriel Okara's Piano AndDrums

Discuss any 3 poetic devices employed in Gabriel Okara's Piano And Drums (NECO JUNE/JULY 2016 LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH)

To answer the above question, we'll choose symbolism, personification and alliteration as our desired three poetic devices from Gabriel Okara's poem "Piano And Drums"

#1) Symbolism which is the representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities, appears in the poem from the title down to the context. "Drums" symbolizes Okara's past uncivilized ways of life while "Piano" symbolizes the poet's present and future existence in a westernized world. His symbolisms are further broadened with related musical dictions.

[You Can As Well Read Poetic Figures And Forms In The Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara]

#2) There are instances of personifications in the poem where inanimates are given human attributes. In line 15 (groping heart/ in green leaves) actually, line 15 can also be named a synedoche. In line 4-5 "speaking of/ primal

Discuss The Themes Of Political Revolution And Struggle For Freedom InGbanabom Hallowell's "The Dining Table"

Discuss the themes of political revolution and struggle for freedom in Gbanabom Hallowell's "The Dining Table". (NECO JUNE/JULY 2016 LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH)

The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell is a political dissention poem; no dispute about that. Such led the content of the poem to germinate the themes of political revolution and struggle for freedom.
To the best of ability, both themes are discussed as follows:
Political revolution always leads to chaotic atmospheric situations which is not different from Hallowell's sympathetic narration.
The revolutionary picture of the poem revealed brutality, desperate inhumanity to humans, the use of guns and harmful weapons. On top of that, the victims were placed in condition of homelessness. Victims homelessness gathered every age to the so-called “dinner table”; including the sleepless barefooted children with eyes so sharp and alert like switchblades because the effect of the war or sudden attack had taken away their peace and clipped their voices with silence.
On the side of "the struggle for freedom", the gathering as portrayed by the poet motivates the need for freedom. Common to nights of every assaults, abnormal alertness backed by fear was evident in the

13 Elements Of Poetry

Poetry belongs to the class of literature that comprises poems. In poetry, composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns is very Paramount. It can also be regarded as a poet's literary production.
Poetry has some elements that makes it unique, and they are as follows:-
(1) COUPLET: This is a poem comprising of two lines. This lines in a couplet do have the same rhythm and end rhyme.
(2) ENJAMBMENT: This occurs when a poet allows expressions of an ideas to flow from one line to another.
(3) MOOD: This is the frame of mind of the poet as reflected in the poem. It's a portrayer of the poet's feeling in his work.
(4) MONOMETER: A poem written in just one line.
(5) METER: This is the regular and rhythmic arrangement of syllables according to a particular pattern.
(6) RHYME: Similarity in sounds is what

Modern Nursery Song by Frank Parkes

Little bird, little bird
Can I come along with you?
I like the smoothness of your flight
I'd love to come with you
And in your warm and cosy nest
Play with your little ones.
Little child, little child
My poor wings are not that strong
I'd love to fly you to my nest
And give you nuts and sweet, sweet things
But I'll take along your love so warm
To my wee feathery ones
O huge bird, shining bird
Can I come along with you?
I like the brightness of your wing
I'd love to fly with you
And on the sunny sands to play
With sun-beams on the surf
Get you gone, silly one
I can't waste my time on you
My eyes watch out for bigger fry
With power in their purse
There's a big, black owl will bear you free
To where wee demons play
Little owl, mushroom owl
Can I come along with you?
©copyright: Frank Parkes 1932-2004
Frank Parkes was born in Ghana in 1932. His grandfather was a West Indian, his father a Sierra Leonean, and his mother a Fanti. He was educated in Sierra Leone and Ghana, and has had a varied journalistic and broadcasting career. A book of his poems, Songs from the Wilderness, was published in 1965.
[Article Source:- Our Poets Speak by D. St John-Parsons]

The Night Wind by Emily Bronte

In summer's mellow midnight
A cloudless moon shone through
Our open parlour window
And rose-trees wet with dew.
I sat in silent musing_
The soft wind waved my hair,
It told me Heaven was glorious
And sleeping Earth was fair.
I needed not its breathing
To bring such thoughts to me
But still it whispered lowly,
"How dark the woods will be!
"The thick leaves in my murmur
Are rustling like a dream,
And all their myriad voices
Instinct with spirit seem
I said: "Go, gentle singer,
Thy wooing voice is kind,
But do not think its music
Has power to reach my mind.
"Play with the scented flower,
The young tree's supple bough_
And leave my human feelings
In their own course to flow."
The wanderer would not leave me,
Its kiss grew warmer still_
"O come," it sighed so sweetly,
"I'll win thee 'gainst thy will.
"Have we not been from childhood friends?
Have I not loved thee long?
As long as thou hast loved the night
Whose silence wakes my song.
"And when thy heart is laid at rest
Beneath the churchyard stone
I shall have time enough to mourn
And thou to be alone."
©copyright Emily Bronte 1818-1848
(The Night Wind was composed 11-09-1840)

Analysis Of Relic By Ted Hughes

Analysis of Relic by Ted Hughes
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"Relic" by Ted Hughes is a descriptive poem. It lays its setting to the sea with irregular end rhyme pattern and two stanzas of unequal number of lines. Based on observation of, Hughes made use of imaginative description; he told an undefined entity how the jawbone got to the sea as if he witnessed it "broken by the breakers or tossed/ To flap for half an hour and turn to a crust" but the use of "or" between "breakers or tossed" showed that his description was imaginative.

The poem is about a jawbone found deep down the sea. If one claims that Ted Hughes had love for water, sailing and the things relating to the sea; it will not be disputed. He told of how he found the jawbone, how it was thrust, living in the sea among other things like claws, skulls, crabs, dogfish, etc. He told of how the jawbone lived gnawing and stretching to feed but later ended at the beach. The poet described the deep sea as a battleground where friendship does not exist "In that darkness camaraderie does not hold" (line 5) then at the end line of the poem tagged the jawbone "a cenotaph". From lines 14-16, he claimed that nothing gets better in the sea and thereby described the sea's digestion of things into its seabed as its biggest achievement.

The tittle of the poem generalized the interest of the poet. The first stanza of the poem is 11 lines while the second stanza is 5 lines; which looked like the summary of the first stanza. Grammatically, the clause "I found this jawbone" made it look spoken than written, as if someone was standing in front of the poet and could as well see the jawbone himself/herself. "Continue the beginning" sounds poetic genius, which means "lets go back to the description of the sea". Besides the large use of imagery, personification existed in great amount from line 6-9 "And the jaws, Before they are satisfied or their stretched purpose/ Slacken, go down jaws; go gnawn bare. Jaws/ Eat and are finished and the jawbone comes to the beach". Line 12 "Time in the sea eats its tail," happens to be personification as well. "This curved jawbone did not laugh" is also a personification.

The jawbone was described in many forms, he symbolised it in different ways by calling it "Indigestibles" in line 13. It was metaphorically called a cenotaph: "A cenotaph is a monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere; especially members of the armed forces who died in battle".

"In that darkness" symbolized the sea, "The deep" also symbolized the sea. Other poetic devices in the poem are enjambments, alliterations, etc.
Few among the many themes to deduce from this poem is the longevity in things than beings, the unwholesome experience deep down the sea, and the havoc of duration. In accordance with the description of the poet, the jawbone had lasted very farther than the animal that owned it.

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

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