we Themes in a Government Driver on his Retirement by Onu Kingsley Chibuike ~ Naija Poets

THEMES:

There are many themes in the poem, such as (a) the theme of disobedience, (b) the theme of freedom, (c) the theme of endurance, (d) the theme of servitude, (e) the theme of death,  (f) the theme of imperfection, etc.

As regards the theme of freedom, the whole poem resonates freedom because the celebration of retirement is synonymous to celebration of freedom.

The poet expressed the importance of freedom by employing words like "freeman" in line 7, "Today frees" in line 23, "Celebrating the celebration of his retirement" in line 26.

And now to the theme of death.

The poem "A Government Driver On His Retirement" also reminds the readers that no matter how long humans hunger for freedom or even get to the point of celebrating it_ death is a boss to freedom (no human being is free from death).

Another theme in the poem is the theme of imperfection.

Humans lack perfection in the same way the government driver in the poem. Unexpected actions or events could transform to error. A mere celebration of job retirement became the downfall of the government chauffeur.

The theme of endurance. Endurance and patience are siblings and both are very rewarding.

The reward for endurance in the context of the poem are freedom and gift (a brand new car).

As seen from line 17 - 24:
"More joy to send him home.
A brand new car in his name
An appreciative symbol
For undented thirty-five years of service to
fatherland

"Come, friends and rejoice more,
Joy till no more joy to joy
Today frees and makes me a king
My patience rewarded".

The theme of disobedience.

The theme is absolutely nothing but warning.

The government driver's refusal to obey the regulations which he foolishly thought was only guiding his duty, made him kicked bucket of untimely death.

The theme of servitude is obvious in the poem.

Servitude is a state of being subject to a powerful authority.

Serving or being in civil service can be viewed from different perspective.

The character in the poem considered it to be a yoke or bondage which was why he craved freedom.

To be candid, thirty five years of engaging in a routine is not a joke.

Probably, that could be the reason why he considered himself suffering in line 15:
"I'll booze to sleep away my sufferings"


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