we Prove That The Elephant Is An Extraordinary Animal In Salute To TheElephant By Babalola Adeboye ~ Naija Poets
The elephant is made a demon in the poem "Salute To The Elephant" by Babalola Adeboye because folk tales put a lot of exaggerations into their fabulosity. It is no doubt that elephant is a mountainous animal but "demons who swallows palm fruit bunches whole, even with the spiky pistil-cells" is weigh too much. As if that's not enough, the heavy eye-tearing pictures continued:
In line 14, "O elephant, who single-handed causes a tremor in a dense tropical forest"
In line 23, "If you wish to know the elephant, the elephant who is a veritable ferry-man"
In line 28, "Whose molar teeth are as wide as palm-oil pits in Ijesaland"
In line 33, "Beast who carries mortars and yet walks with a swaggering gait"
In line 34, "Primeval leper, animal treading ponderously"
The symbolism "O death, please stop following me" in line 21 also added to the elephant's extraordinariness.
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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)


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