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Theme of Mistaken Identity in the Rivals

The Theme

The theme of mistaken identity is centred on the character and role of Captain Absolute. In his disguise as Ensign Beverly, he is mistaken by Lydia, his girlfriend, Mrs Malaprop, Lydia's aunt and Sir Anthony, his father. The theme of mistaken identity hinges on the love relationships among the various characters. It reveals the aspects of their character and heightens the comedy in the play. Lydia is in love with Ensign Beverly and vows to marry him despite the protestation of her aunt who prefers in her preference for Captain Absolute. Ironically, both Mrs Malaprop and Lydia are referred to the same individual, though known to them in different capacities i.e to Lydia as Beverly and to Mrs Malaprop as Captain Absolute.

Analysis of Fulani Creation Story


 One is not quite sure who wrote story before turned into a poem therefore it is considered to be words of mouth from generation to generation.

The oral poem titled "Fulani Creation Story" exposed the mystical origin of the world as supposed to be believed by the Fulani. Gods and heroes usually play prominent roles in such stories.

The Poem

At the beginning there was a huge drop of milk. 
Then Doondari came and he created the stone: 
Then the stone created iron,
And iron created fire, 
And fire created water, 
And water created air.
Then Doondari descended the second time,
And he took the five elements And he shaped them into man. 
But man was proud:
Then Doondari created blindness, and blindness defeated man.
But when blindness became too proud,
Doondari created sleep, and sleep defeated blindness; 
But when sleep became too proud,
Doondari created worry, and worry defeated sleep;
But when worry became too proud,
Doondari created death, and death defeated worry; 
But then death became too proud:
Doondari descended for the third time,
And he came as Gueno, the eternal one: 
And Gueno defeated death.

Analysis Of Abiku By Wole Soyinka

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The Poet's Notion

Some people claimed that Abiku by Wole Soyinka symbolised the poet's military imprisonment. They claimed that Wole Soyinka wrote the poem to prove to the military government of the period that he would remain unsubmissive: "In vain your bangles cast Charmed circles at my feet; I am Abiku, calling for the first And the repeated time."(line 1-4)

 [Read: Cultural Reflection From Abiku By John Pepper Clark]

Other people claimed that Abiku by Wole Soyinka is a poem written to speak of the well-known African believe of a child dying and been given birth to by the same mother: "So when the snail is burnt in his shell Whet the heated fragments, brand me Deeply on the breast. You must know him When Abiku calls again."(line 9-12) It might be coincidental that Wole Soyinka was imprisoned around the time he wrote the poem "Abiku" but I do not support the team that believed Abiku was a symbol of his imprisonment.

Analysis of Supplication by Kunle Akinsemoyin

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The Poet

Supplication is a poem I found very interesting for discussing the subject of human ambition; writing by Kunle Akinsemoyin, a Nigerian poet and short story writer.

3 Major Themes In Dry Your Tears Africa By Bernard Daddie

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The Poet

Bernard Daddie has made impact on African literature_ to the best of his ability, no doubt about that. The poet was an Ivorian born in Assinrie in the year 1916.

The poem "Dry Your Tears Africa" is one among the pieces we can point at and say "Bernard Daddie truly loves Africa".

The 3 Themes

Here, will mention the three major themes in the poem. These are the theme of assurance, the theme of nostalgia, and the theme of fertility.

3 Themes In The African Child by Camara Laye

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About The Author

Camara Laye through this autobiographical novel paints a picture of what it is to grow up in a traditional African setting. Camara Laye (1928 - 1980) is a novelist from Guinea. He was born in Kouroussa on the 1st of January, 1928 but died in Dakar, Senegal on the 4th of February, 1980.

About The Themes

Let's examine three (3) vital themes in the novel "The African Child" by Camara Late.

  • Theme of Culture

Culture here emphasizes African origin in its pure nature. Relationships, ideologies, rituals, festivities, harvests, religions, etc. It is such culture that shapes the actions of the characters in the novel. Laye's father wards off evil forces with his pot of charm while holding firm to his believe in the snake as link between him and his ancestors.

  • Theme of Motherhood

Motherhood is cherished a lot in Africa. Besides the fact that becoming a mother is every lady's dream, motherhood in Africa is a broad subject which Camara Laye only chip the iceberg in the novel "The African Child".

Analysis of the North Ship by Philip Larkin

The Poet

Here is a six stanza poem written by Philip Larkin (1922 - 1985) an English poet and librarian. He graduated from Oxford University in 1943 as a student of English language and literature. [Click Link To Download The Poem: The North Ship]

About the Poem

The title of the poem suggests sailing. [Wind by Ted Hughes is also another interesting poem about sailing]. "The North Ship" by Philip Larkin tells of three ships that sailed only to witness different fates. The three ships in the poem symbolized ambition with the aim to remind the readers that one out of three unforeseen outcomes always happen to any life ambition_ some are happily fulfilled, some are unhappily fulfilled while some are not fulfilled at all.

The Summary

The first stanza of the poem which happens to be a perfect introduction to the notion of the poet goes thus:
"I saw three ships go sailing by,
Over the sea, the lifting sea,
And the wind rose in the morning sky,
And one was rigged for a long journey".

Analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound

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The Outline

Title: Lament of the Frontier Guard
Genre: Poetry
Poet: Rihaku 
Translator: Ezra Pound
Form: Free Verse
Category: War
Structure: A single verse
Lines: 24 lines
Point of View: First person
Tone: Lamentation
Mood: Empathy
Theme: Aftermath of war
Devices: Imagery, Rhetorical Questions, Repetition.

About the Poet

"Lament of the Frontier Guard" is a poem translated to English language by Ezra Pound who lived between October 30, 1885 and November 1, 1972 as a very controversial American expatriate poet. 

About the Poem

This is a poem that recalled how war turned a certain kingdom into a deserted land. From the words of the poet, it doesn't even take long for the kingdom to be destroyed_ it only took a span of season "A gracious spring, turned to blood-ravenous autumn" (line 14).

Use of Imagery in Salute to the Elephant by Babalola Adeboye

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About the Poem

Salute to the Elephant is an oral poem which in form can be classified as ode intended to unearth the overwhelming qualities of an elephant. The poem was translated from its original Yoruba form to English language by Babalola Adeboye

Use of Imagery in the Poem

Babalola Adeboye employed the use of imagery in "Salute to the Elephant" to deliver his message. Each of the images used in the poem describes one quality of the elephant or the other.

Analysis Of My Grandmother By Elizabeth Jennings

Introduction to the Analysis

From the third person point of view, Jennings painted a clear image of an aged person's way-of-life (her grandmother). The poem opened with comparison; comparing the abode of the grandmother to an "antique shop". From the poem, is of the opinion that old age has some stages (initial frailty, intense frailty, and death) the first stanza described the poem-speaker's grandmother as being old and lonely. She only had things than beings as companions: "Apostle spoons and Bristol glass/ The faded silks, the heavy furniture/ She watched her own reflection in the brass/ Salvers and silver bowls, as if to prove/ Polish was all, there was no need of love."

Analysis Of My Husband's Tongue Is Bitter By Okot P'Bitek

The Introduction

The wave of poetic analysis today takes us in naijapoets to the poem titled: My Husband's Tongue Is Bitter By Okot P'Bitek.

Analysis Of Report To Wordsworth By Kim Boey Cheng

About the Poem

This post will explain the figures of speech and the themes in Report To Wordsworth by Kim Boey Cheng.

Report To Wordsworth is a poem believed to be addressed to William Wordsworth, the poet, whose poetic messages show affection for nature. Cheng wasn't glad with the deplorable states of natural things like rivers, animals, plants, atmosphere, etc; after he felt that the gods meant to come to the rescue of nature were silent, he had no choice than to address the poem to Wordsworth as his last resort.

The Poetic Devices

"You should be here, Nature has need of you" in line 1 is an example of epanalepsis.

Analysis of In Memory of Anyone Unknown to Me by Elizabeth Jennings

About the Poet

We seem elated to be analyzing another elegy_ a mild elegy for that matter. What could be more delighting than meeting poets in their genius dens.

The poem "In Memory of Anyone Unknown to Me" proved Elizabeth Jennings' creativity was inelastic during her lifetime.

Elizabeth Jennings was an English poet born 18th July, 1926 in Boston, United Kingdom but died 26th October , 2001 in Bampton, United Kingdom.

About the Poem

The poem is about death. She wrote the poem solely because she admired the dead_ they are humans just as herself. Structurally, "In Memory of Anyone Unknown to Me" by Elizabeth Jennings is a three stanza poem of six lines each stanza with the end rhyme pattern of ABBACC DEEDFF GHHGII.
[You Can Even Listen to the Poem In Memory of Anyone Unknown to Me]

In the poem, Elizabeth Jennings treated mourning like a philanthropic act. Even when none of the poet's friends or relatives died, she still found it in her heart to practice a mournful ritual to those that are dead anywhere in the world at such time. 

Analysis of A Poem of Changgan by Li Po

The Poet and Summary

Li Po is a Chinese poet born 19th of May, 701 AD. Some people also refer to him as LI Bai, Li Bo and so on. His poetic contribution keeps adding strength to Chinese poetry decades in decades out. other interesting poems "Exile's Letter", "Goodfellowship", "The Long War".Li Po died 30th of November, 762 AD.

The Stanzaic Summary

A Poem of Changgan by Li Po is a love poem that buttresses the effects of a rigid distance between two lovers. As observed in the context of the poem, many factors such as weather, loneliness and fear of lost do cumulate to cause such distresses to lovers.

Analysis Of I Think It Rains By Wole Soyinka

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About The Poem

I Think It Rains by Wole Soyinka is a poem of difference; it differs in every form both structure, diction and message. The poem looks into the practice of smoking though one cannot predict the author's stand (whether of likeness or dislike).

About The Poet

The poet was born 13th of July in the 1934 with the name Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka. To spare you of the known, a comprehensive profile of Wole Soyinka can be found everywhere on the internet.

The Use Of Imagery

The poem is built on metaphor since the puffing, smoking is liken to a rainfall and every other imageries are in support of the raining, the dryness before the rain, the descriptive picture of the smoke being a Rain-Reeds and circling spirit, etc.
Soyinka, in the last stanza of the poem claimed that the act of smoking had no reasonable effect but done for the fun of its routine outcome:
"Rain-reeds, practised in
The grace of yielding, yet unbending
From afar"
"this, your conjugation with my earth
Bares crounching rocks"
There is ambiguity in the line above with the poet's use of "this, your" which created an address either to the smoker or the puffed smoke. If to the puffed smoke, then it should be considered an apostrophe. "your conjugation with my earth/ Bare crounching rocks" means your mingling with the early space, causes the smoker's teeth to be exposed in tightened as if in grinding.

Analysis Of No Coffin No Grave By Jared Angira

The Summary

This poem is about the shameful murder of a tyrant. He was stabbed and shut in front of a night club; the poet sarcastically compared his murder shut to a gunshot representing a last respect to a warrior. Instead of the poem being a pure elegy, the poet created a sarcastic elegy which was beautified with irony and euphemism to show his dislike towards the wicked and selfish life led by the tyrant leader; it was so unfortunate for the dead politician who wished to have respected burial rite but ended with a belittled massacre.

Analysis Of My Busconductor By Roger McGough

The Line-by-Line Summary

This thirty three line poem begins with an abstract voice telling the readers about his busconductor who soon will depart this heart as a result of kidney failure. From line 5-18, the poem speaker tells that all the things that used to amount to nothing in the eyes of the busconductor became important while those cherished things became uninteresting to the busconductor:-
"Each busticket
takes on now a different shape
and texture.
He holds a ninepenny single
as if it were a rose
and puts the shilling in his bag
as a child into a gasmeter.
His thin lips
have no quips
for fat factorygirls
and he ignores
the drunk who snores
and the oldman who talks to himself
and gets off at the wrong stop."

Analysis of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

The Introduction

At the moment,

  • If you're not happy with yourself.
  • If you're not in harmony with whatever you regard as your own God.
  • If you're yet to find peace in this lousy world that looks so shapeless like amoeba.

Then you need to download and listen to Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

It is what I regard as the modern ecclesiastic; so direct and simplified.

Without the right knowledge and wisdom, most people live through life like a ship navigated by sailor with a lost compass because nothing seems to be justifiable_ not even what some people fanatically portray to be a sin.

The Motive

The poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann is an eight stanza free verse that is capable of assisting any human to narrow his/her mind in this broad universe. It emphasizes the pursuit of peace, prudence, tolerance, growth, love, uncertainty, adaptability, godliness and the undiluted happiness. Ehrmann is an American poet who live between September 28, 1872 and September 9, 1945.

The Paraphrase

Now, let me paraphrase the poem as follows:
Silence is very peaceful and it best never to hold grudges against people. Humbly express your opinions give ear to others because everyone has a story.

Analysis Of Young Africa's Plea By Dennis Osadebay

Are you thinking of having a clearer idea of the poem "Young Africa's Plea" by Dennis Osadebay? Here is review regarding to the poem.

The poet:-

Dennis Osadebay is a Nigerian author, poet, and lawyer. He received his university education in the United Kingdom, where he was called to Bar. At a certain point, Osadebay was the Premier of the Mid-West Region of Nigeria.

The surface meaning:-

As the title of the poem suggests, the poem speaker is seen begging for his freedom of choice and his freedom of association. The is culturally inclined and somewhat relates to the issue of human race and difference in colour.

Mama Ruth and Beneatha in A Raisin in Sun

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


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.

Analysis Of Agbor Dancer By John Pepper Clark

Let's together look at this great poem of John Pepper Clark titled: AGBOR DANCER.


The poem holds a description of Agbor girl doing a traditional dance, moving in response to rhythm of the drums in a very dazzling and magestic way.

The poem speaker made known his own interest in the values represented by this dance by expressing his desire to join the dance that involves earth, sky and flesh or entire life of the people.


Agbor Dancer is a poem written in 4 stanzas with 5 lines each. The first stanza described the dancing girl and the drum that produced the music she dances to, stressing the way her whole person was absorbed in the dance while the second and third stanza looked at the body movement of the dancer while dancing and then move on to the unity between the two (dancer, drummer and song).

3 Themes In The Blood Of A Stranger By Dele Charley

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Common components in a tragic drama are greed, deceit, betrayal, crime, etc. and another universally known drama to support this claim is “Othello” written by William Shakespeare. In the drama "Othello" we see the greedy Iago with all sorts of betrayal attempts on Othello, Cassio, Montano, etc.

“The Blood of a Stranger” by Dele Charley is sure a tragedy in the sense that all the evildoers in Mandoland reaped the reward of their evil accordingly; where Kindo killed Parker as a way of avenging Soko’s death; the same Kindo also beheaded Whithead (the corrupt and greedy white man who came to Mando with the aim of exploiting their diamond).

3 Among the Themes in The Blood of a Stranger are:

1. Corruption and the aftermath of corruption: Virtually all the trusted leaders in Mandoland are corrupt. Their corrupt spirits are ignited by greed and the need to amass the wealth even at the expense of the villagers. Whitehead, whom the villagers_ at first, rebuked his arrival_ became a glorified figure in Mandoland, after falsely informing the people he came to create a tobacco farm in Mandoland. Maligu also capitalized on Santigi's reliance of his wisdom, as a sure tool to mastermind the corruption in the village. Soko, the trusted priest of the people, was also lured with ambition of becoming rich; Maligu convinced him against his well-known tradition of the land.

Plot And Themes Of Night Rain By John Pepper Clark

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The poem talks about rain falling in the night and the effects of it on a small boy, the other brothers, the mother and the small improverished abode.

The boy wakes up not knowing the time as "no cock crow"

The rain starts falling hard. He takes into consideration the effects of this on his brothers who are advised to sleep on; on his mother who continuously shifts "her bins

Poetic Figures And Forms In Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

As we've already known that Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara is a culturally oriented poem comparing the poet's past and present experiences. In looking at the figures and form of the poem, will it be perfect to refer to the poem as a non metered free verse? Yes.

Judging from the definition of free verse ("vers libre" in French language), any poem with no particular rhythm or metre and without a rhyme scheme can be referred to as a free verse. It is vivid how Gabriel Okara with this poem imitated Walt Whitman in creating impossible effects far beyond the boundaries that even blank verses can cross.

Gabriel Okara employed beautiful imageries an

Analysis of Ibadan by John Pepper Clark

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The Poet and Summary

The poet, John Pepper Clark wrote the poem title "Ibadan". He was born in Delta, Nigeria on the 6th of April, 1935.

3 Major Poetic Devices In Vanity By Birago Diop


[feel free to read Breath By Birago Diop]

In the poem Vanity by Birago Diop, there are three major poetic devices that gave the poem her grandeur. These are (1) Imagery (2) Repetition (3) Rhetorical Question.

Other Poetic Devices

Before we examine the great impact these three poetic devices have on the poem, takes a look at the several poetic devices in the poem.

How WordPress Helps My Blogger Blog To Grow

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The Motive

In this article, I will be sharing the secret of how I grow Naijapoets blog hosted on blogger by simply using the advantage of having a WordPress.

I'm a believer and whatever my mind imagines, I seek it. Part of such imaginations is the ability to use blogger as if I'm using WordPress. Blogger own by Google is a very good content management system (CMS) and WordPress own by Automattic is also a very good CMS but merging both tools is much better than best.

The Definition

Blogger is a blogging platform Google has acquired since 2003 and it gives anyone who wants to try blogging path almost everything needed to own a blog.

Q and A: Kongi's Harvest by Wole Soyinka


Wole Soyinka dramatized _____ in the play Kongi's Harvest


The growth and development of political tyranny (option D)

Why Poets Fear Open Mic

Poetry of this Era

In recent time, Poetry Open Mic is one sure way for poets to gain and maintain huge exposure. Permit me to put it this way; if poetry contests are Royal Rumble then the Open Mic has knocked other forms of poetry contests off the ring.

Poetry Open Mic

Should in case you wonder what is Poetry Open Mic? It is the contemporary form of oral poetry rendition. It takes away the boring act of reading and replaces it with the joy of listening.

The good news is Open Mic events are more lucrative and less cost intensive. All that is required is to a hall and recording devices. Such event can then be monetized by selling its CD or DVD or YouTube or podcast subscription or virtual pass.

Analysis of The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling

The Poet and Introduction

I do not think any lover of good literature will dispute my believe that Rudyard Kipling was one of the geniuses in his lifetime. Born in India on the 30th of December, 1865. His love for literature led him to journalism, poetry and short-story writing (he authored the famous book title: The Jungle Book) but to cut the very long profile short, at the ripe age of 70, Joseph Rudyard Kipling kissed his mortal flesh goodnight 18th of January, 1836.

If you're a fervent follower or reader of this blog, you'll recollect when Naijapoets recently analyzed a poem written by poet with Nobel Prize in Literature and Rudyard Kipling is another example on this blog. Jean Paul Sartre had his Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1964 while Rudyard's Nobel Prize award was in the year 1907.

How Suitable Is The Title Vanity By Birago Diop?

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The Poet

The poem Vanity was written by Birago Diop, the author of a poetry book titled: Lures And Glimmers (1960). Birago Diop wasn't just a poet, he was a veterinarian and was once an ambassador of Senegal to Tunisia. He was born 11/11/1906 but died 10/11/1989.

The Title Justification

I prefer the poem Breaths by Birago Diop  to the poem Vanity by Birago Diop but considering the title of the poem Vanity, how suitable is it to the context of the poem?

There was no direct display of vanity in the poem because the twenty nine lines of the poem were written without a single word called vanity, but the poem speaker painted the picture of vanity from start to finish.

Through one of the theme of negligence, the poem speaker revealed vanity in virtually all the four stanzas ("Who indeed will hear them without laughter?" in line 5, "What eyes will watch our loud mouths?" in line 8, even line 11-14 portrayed vanity)

Poetry As A Freelance Niche

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The $1 Question

The question of whether poetry is a lucrative niche for freelance job has become many contemporary poets' nightmare.

In today's online-writers' jungle, niche like business niche, health related niche and finance related niche are the king in terms of potential returns they can push into online freelancer's purse.

Well, that doesn't mean poetry is a no-go-area; after all, most wise startup freelancers don't begin their journey with a single niche. They have at least two niches at their disposal.

The Bitter Truth

As I said earlier, all niches are not the same_ some are more lucrative than others but choosing the right niche isn't the only thing, possessing the appropriate freelancing knowledge is now a necessity.

Q and A: Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre

The Excerpt

"There is something new, for example, about my hands, a certain way of picking up my pipe or my fork. Or else it is the fork which now has a certain way of getting itself picked up, I don't know. Just now, when I was on the point of coming into my room, I stopped short because I felt in my hand a cold object which attracted my attention by means of a sort of personality. I opened my hand and looked I was simply holding the door knob"

The Question

The style of writing in the Excerpt from Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre is _________

The Answer

Introspective (option A)

The Explanation

Introspective involves the practice of self-consciousness. The author employed the style to portray Antoine's condition of depression by showing how he examined himself most especially his new feelings towards holding or handling things.

Imagery In Murder In The Cathedral By T S Eliot

The Author of the Drama

Murder in the Cathedral is a drama written by T. S. Eliots, a British poet though born in America by American citizens. He lived from 26-09-1888 to 04-01-1965 his full name is Thomas Stearns Eliot OM.

Summary of the Drama

The drama is a tragic one. It dramatized the rivalry between two friends King Henry II and Thomas Becket, who also can be considered leaders but the strength of their friendship began faint in sight of disagreements. At the long run, Thomas was murdered in the Cathedral but not by the order of his enemy-friend (King Henry II).

Imagery in the Drama

There are abundant references to nature images by the chorus which gives an indication of the passage of time and changing fortunes and circumstances of the chorus. These references emphasize the impending doom of Thomas Beckett. There is also the use of animal imagery in the drama suggesting cannibalism and violence as indicated by the references to the jackal, jackass and jerboa. The images suggest that Beckett's end will be violent and thus presage his murder at the hands of the knights. There is in addition the use of biblical images which recall the Christian notions of sacrifice and martyrdom as well as conjure up issues of predestination.
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Samuel C Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

Simple Summary of Finery by Jane Taylor

About Jane Taylor

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was written by Jane Taylor who lived between 23rd September of 1783 and 13th April of 1824. She was a poet mothered by another writer who goes by the name Ann Taylor (1796-1810). Jane Taylor hailed from Lavenham, Suffolk in London.

Summary of Finery by Jane Taylor

Finery is a poem that narrates a story of two young ladies_ Fanny and Lucy. Fanny was a young rich lady who took dozen of time to groom herself for a short party she needed to attend in her friend's place. She wore her hair so perfectly curly and chose the finest of her dress decorated with beautiful lace. She said to herself "Ah! how they will all be delighted, I guess,/ And stare with surprise at my handsome new dress!". The other lady (Lucy) not quite from a rich family attended the same party wearing white simple, cheap and neat dress.

Unfortunately for Fanny, no one noticed her nor her rich attire. She was almost a ghost at the party because none related with her because she appeared so proud and oppressing but all eyes were on Lucy, the simple and cheerful lady. Lucy at the party was preferred because she wasn't acting fake or trying put on the personality she doesn't possess.

Getting Leads For Poetry Blog

Why I Need Leads For Poetry Blog

Most people know me to be Samueldpoetry (the Leo with wings flying); the guy that loves poetry so much he sleeps with one bible and three anthologies under his pillow so as to dream sweet poetic dreams. On the contrary, you might know that I'm into other part-time jobs (school teaching just to mention one) that give opportunities to blog regularly.

As a poetry blogger, I have dimmed it fit to seek alternative traffic sources to support my blog ever since I lost my googke first page ranking as a result of URL switch.

Part of traffic alternatives I use is LeadsLeap and the platform is awesome even as a free member because I easily use the leadsleap list builder tool to crop-and-harvest 40% of the traffic to this blog.

Analysis of With A Water Lily By Henrik Ibsen

The Poet

Henrik Ibsen is a poet who lived 78 years on earth between 20th March 1828 and 23rd May 1906. He was born in Telemark County in Norway.

The Summary

In the poem "With A Water-Lily", Henrik Ibsen admonished a child who seemed to be too fond of water. He told of the decoy a stagnant water creates with water-lilies.

The poem reminds me of my father's warning against playing in the river. He never would risk even the best knowledge of swimming to allow us play in any kind of river_ shallow or deep. He had witnessed how many expert swimmers lost their lives to the water.

The Structure

Back to the poem, the first stanza introduced the readers to the water and the lilies in the spring time while the second stanza was about the scenes created by the water-lilies.

Should Poets Embrace Email Marketing

Email Marketing

The easiest way to lose focus as a poet is to adopt the internet practice of email marketing; it doesn't worth it!

Oh come on, I was just joking.

If email marketing is in any way bad for poet or poetry website, then why is every poetry website so energetic about it?

The fact that every giant website (whether poetry or poetry not) is keenly practicing email marketing is enough prove that you (a poet) shouldn't underestimate the power of email marketing as well.

Analysis of Listen Comrades by David Diop

The Overview

Since the birth of civilization, inequality and the struggle for freedom have lasted beyond the expectations of humans.

So many literature have penned the varying happenings of people's fight for freedom which in most cases are never without lose of lives and belongings.

Why Poem For Storytelling Increases Readership


Megan Pryor in one of her lessons at defined prosaic poem as poetry that is not written in verse and contains other poetic attributes, such as rhythm and metaphors. Such poem doesn't concentrate on rigid metre count as seen in most poetic work; it concentrates on the story from scalp down to detail.

Robert Kiyosaki said, "Stories help us make sense of otherwise complicated things. They encourage, inspire, and even move us to take action."

4 P Every Poet Must Practice Regularly

The worldclass speaker, Brian Tracy once said that the perception of an individual is his or her reality. People act on the basis of their perceptions of you. If you change their perceptions, you change the way they think and feel about you, and you change the things that they will do for you. [You can't to miss out on this Brian Tracy's Book]

In this article, I will mention 4 "P"s that will help any poet improve his or her audience perception towards him or her. Those "P"s are Power, Packaging, Performance, and Politeness.

Power. The more power and influence your audience perceive you to have, whether real or not, the more likely it is that they will be persuaded by you to be gospel of your poetic work of art. For example, if you appear to be a trending or reigning poet or writer, the level at which they will buy into your vision will be much more likely higher than they if they didn't perceive such power in you.

Packaging. This can also be referred to as branding. This is very vital in the area of your audience assessment and which will determine the way they will market you and your poetry to others. Meaning that your packaging in the mind and heart of your audience largely determines how open they are to being influenced by you.

Performance. This refers to your level of competence and expertise in your area. A person who is highly respected for his or her ability to get results is far more persuasive and influential than a person who only does an average job.

Politeness. People do things for two reasons, because they want to and be. Kindness, courtesy, and respect are far better than coercion. Your audience tends to bend more to your side when you are polite. They will remain motivated to go out of their ways to help you accomplish your desired poetic goals.
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12 Literary Devices In Birches By Robert Frost

Let me quickly take you through some of the literary devices evident in one of Robert Frost's evergreen poems titled "Birches".

Personification: This is when an inanimate object or abstract idea is represented as animated or embodied with personalities. "But I was going to say when Truth broke in/ With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm" (line 21-22). Truth was written as if human name and also given human qualities.

Assonance: This is the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words. "When I see birches bend to left and right" (line 1)

Alliteration: This is the repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other or at a short interval. "As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel" (line 9). "Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells" (line 10).

10 Analyzed Poems About Wind

The Introduction

In this article I will like to remind you of wind (one of the most common found theme in poetry of nature). Many classic and contemporary poets have written about it_ William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Kwesi Brew, Subramania Bharati, Glynn Burridge, Emily Bronte, etc.

What Is Wind

No matter the type of wind in discussion, it is a mass of gases propelled by force. Wikipedia noted that in outer space, soar wind is the movement of gases or charged particles from the Sun through space, while planetary wind is the outgassing of light chemical elements from a planet's atmosphere into space.

Analyzed Poems

The word "wind" does not only appear as themes of poem but as well as titles of poems and few of such poems are analyzed below:

Poetry Quote of Sir Walter Scott

The Poet

My Native Land by Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish poet born on 15 August 1771. The 9th of his father's children. His father was a member of a cadet branch of the Scotts Clan, and his mother descended from the Haliburton family, the descent from whom granted Walter's family the hereditary right of burial in Dryburgh Abbey.

The Quote

"Living, shall forfeit fair renown,"

This quote is found in line 13 of the poem "My Native Land"

The Details

Actually, William Shakespeare's Sonnet 3 addressed the same attitude of absurd selfishness a little differently.

The poem told the story of a certain man at the point of his death_ maybe as a cause of injury. He was very wealthy, and high status man but never for once heed the advice of poets to invest in others.

The poem speaker concluded that such rich man would die without honour.

Let butcher the quote flesh after flesh, if "Renown" from the the context of the poem refers to the praises the man has gathered through his achievements and "Forfeit" which is a verb refers to the man's failure to keep an obligation. Therefore, the lesson to be learnt from the quote is that, the way a person chooses to live his or her life might destroy his or her good reputation.
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Q and A: End of War by Okinba Launko

                              End of War by Okinba Launko


The casualties in Launko's End of War are ____


Men (Option C)


The poem is similar to the poem title The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell. In the poem "End of War" by Okinba Launko, line 4 and 5 of the poem are prove that men are truly the casualties; the lines stated "the silence of the battlefield/ heralds the widow's anguish".

The men that went to war die leaving their wives to suffer the pain and aftermath of war which happens to be a lasting widowhood. [click here to listen to the audio]

Judging by the title of the poem, its subject matter is war and and its effects.

"Okinba Launko is a pen name of the playwright and poet, Femi Osofisan (Winner of the Folon-Nichols Award) He has been honoured with awards and appointments for his lifetime achievements", says description at todara online bookstore.
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Analysis of My Dreams My Works Must Wait Till After Hell by Gwendolyn Brooks

The Overview

It is such a bad sight to be in an unwanted confinement_ be it imprisonment, be it sickness, be it captivity, be it compulsory babysitting. The truth is no one loves to be denied freedom_ not even poets.

In the poem "Letter to Martha 17" Dennis Brutus wrote of the negative effect of confinement. Stephen Spender did the same in the poem "My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough"

Gwendolyn Brooks also expressed her unhappiness with freedom denied by illness. In the poem, she referred to illness as devil when she wrote in line 8 of the poem "Hoping that, when the devil days of my hurt". The themes that resonated in the poem are freedom, duty, illness, aging, etc.

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Analysis of Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen

The Poet

I do cherish poem that discuss issues ignored in name the name of some dogmatic believes. The poem title Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen did just that.

Leonard Cohen is a poet whose nationality belongs to Canada. He stayed and enjoyed this earth the 21st of September 1934 and the 7th of November 2016. A poet whose work expresses religion, politics, life and more. Wikipedia article also revealed that he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Summary

In the 48 line poem, titled "Story of Isaac", he alluded to the biblical book of Genesis 22:9 where Abraham was instructed through vision to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The poem not only shun the believers who still practice the ritual of children sacrifice but compared the old original scenario with the present practice.

The comparison were seen between lines 25 and 36;
"You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father's hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word."
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From the above excerpt, the voice of the poem noted that those still practicing the ritual of children slaughter, do it as a scheme not as a vision guided act. He also noted in line 35 that Abraham hands trembled while holding knife because the boy he was tempted to kill was his dearly loved son.
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The poem ended in a contrasting parallelism. The voice of the poem assumed if he shared the same faith with those slaughtering children for sacrifices, he wouldn't hold any feeling of brotherhood when such practice has already questioned whether they are "man of peace or man of war" despite the symbol of grace and mercy their robes portray?
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Theme of Supernatural in The Concubine by Elechi Amadi

The Novelist

Born on the 12th of May 1934, Elechi Amadi was a Nigerian author raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He had many novels to his credit and like many classic novelists such as Chinua Achebe, his novels exposed readers to the traditional way of life in Nigeria. Elechi Amadi died on the 29th of June, 2016.

Overview of the Novel

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi is a novel that revolves around the subject of marriage and effects of immortal forces in the activities and fate of human beings. Using Ihuoma as a tool for demonstrating such subject, the author revealed Ihuoma (the main character) as a lady who possessed all the necessary qualities to enjoy marital life but to the readers’ chagrin, a force beyond human control hampered her supposed sweet marital life; Ihumo had a spiritual husband.

The Theme of Supernatural

In the novel, The Concubine, Elechi Amadi boost the beauty of the novel with the theme of supernatural events. Notable is Ihuoma and the sea-king (believed to rule the sea) who never wanted her get married to any man in the physical realm because she was his wife in the spiritual realm. [You Can Download the Theme of Supernatural]

The novel went further to narrate the consequences of her attempt to get married_ the sea-king was responsible for the death of characters such as Emenike, Madume, and Ekwueme. The sea-king was so powerful that all sacrifices offered to divorce Ihuoma from him was so futile leading to the death of Ekwueme.

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7 Principles For Building Audience On Poetry Forum

Poetry As A Passion

People handle poetry differently. Those passionate with the art now have countless means of showcasing their passion; poetry forum is one of those.

Before I make a few list of the poetry forums I participate, below are the principles necessary for building audience on poetry forum.

Examining Daffodil By William Wordsworth

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The poem revealed the level of mesmerism the poet had when met with a dazzling nature acting under the cause and effect mechanism. Readers are meant to see how an inanimate can communicate beautifully with
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