Among other poetic devices in the poem The Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor, metaphor is very paramount.
Based on the email requesting the metaphors embedded in the poem: The Anvil And The Hammer, naijapoets.com research has come up with few of the metaphors found in the poem. It must also be noted that the best way to fish for metaphors in the poem is by understanding the definition of metaphor itself.
Here are the metaphors in the poem:
(1) the anvil and the hammer are metaphorically compared to African and foreign culture.
(2) new flags and anthems are metaphorically compared to the birth of a new nation.
(3) the pangs is used to mean the struggle for freedom.
(5) new garment is a metaphor for western culture or civilization.
(6) jargon of a new dialect is metaphorically referring to the western policies and philosophies.
(7) whirlpool of many rivers’ estuary refers to the complex culture from overseas.
(8) perpetual search is a metaphor for keen interest to acquire.
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