we Structure of the Leader and the Led by Niyi Osundare ~ Naija Poets


The Leader and the Led by Niyi Osundare is a fable.
A fable is a style in literature where animals are the characters and mostly crafted for the purpose of teaching a moral lesson. Instances are Animal Farm by George OrwellFable by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The poem (The Leader and the Led) is a 12 stanza couplet void of planned end-rhymes and rhythms. The first part of the poem juxtaposed varying animals’ choice to lead and those of followers against their leadership. The final four stanzas of the poem are solution to the hovering choice of leadership problem.

The diction employed by Professor Osundare was as straight as arrow; no employment of grammar too hard for an English language beginner.

The poem was narrated through a third person view and the flow of event was climactic; starting with problem of who-fits-the-throne to the solution proffered by the forest sage. The tone and the mood can be described as of unrest, rivalry and disagreement.


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