we Structure of a Government Driver on his Retirement by Onu Kingsley Chibuike ~ Naija Poets


A Government Driver On His Retirement by Onu Kingsley Chibuike is a free-verse.

A free-verse is form of poetry that is void of planned rhythm and planned rhyme scheme.

Those in such category are Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara, Parable by William Soutar, etc.

The poem ( A Government Driver On His Retirement ) is a total of 33 lines void of planned end-rhymes and rhythms.

Through a climactic flow of event, the poem is relayed from a third person perspective.

The driver's identity isn't revealed but the event of his down was narrated by the poem persona addressing him with third person singular masculine pronoun and also complemented the narration with quotation found in stanza 3 - 4:

"Come, friends, rejoice with me
I shall booze and zoom myself home
Away from duty rules
Come celebrate my freedom"

"Early to duty tomorrow holds not,
Thirty-five years of faithful services
I'll booze to sleep away my sufferings
Today I've long waited for".

To be noted as well, is the fact that the diction of the poem is as simple as water.

The poem persona doesn't narrate for the purpose of mourning the driver's death but to make fun of the driver's foolishness. This is why the tone of the poem is sarcastic.

On the contrary, the mood pushed out of readers is sympathetic.


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