How To Understand Enterprise by Nissim Ezekiel
In the poem, Enterprise by Nissim Ezekiel, the poet created a unique symbolism where earthly endeavour is an enterprise (a very complex project). Metaphorically, humans are pilgrims on a pilgrimage. The sequence of the poem flow where human journey starts with delight, then weariness sets in, followed by disagreement and separation in terms of earlier set goals. Now that you know the deeper message of the poem, at the surface, the poet narrated the journey of a set of people through an undisclosed desert not excluding himself since the use of first person singular is obvious in the poem_ take line 19 as an instance “I tried to prey”.
Among the themes of the poem are the importance of hope, the temptation of achievement and the enticing feeling of exploration. In the poem, the weary group got their strength back when they heard the news of the sea ahead as seen in line 20-21 “Our leader said he smelt the sea/ We noticed nothing as we went”. They were motivated bythe visualized achievement at the end of the journey and the joy of being part of new experience.
5) Read Nissim Ezekiel’s books
Is Enterprise by Nissim Ezekiel a social satire?
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)