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About The Poem
I Think It Rains by Wole Soyinka is a poem of difference; it differs in every form both structure, diction and message. The poem looks into the practice of smoking though one cannot predict the author’s stand (whether of likeness or dislike).
About The Poet
The poet was born 13th of July in the 1934 with the name Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka. To spare you of the known, a comprehensive profile of Wole Soyinka can be found everywhere on the internet.
The Use Of Imagery
The poem is built on metaphor since the puffing, smoking is liken to a rainfall and every other imageries are in support of the raining, the dryness before the rain, the descriptive picture of the smoke being a Rain-Reeds and circling spirit, etc.
“Rain-reeds, practised in
The grace of yielding, yet unbending
Bares crounching rocks”
There is ambiguity in the line above with the poet’s use of “this, your” which created an address either to the smoker or the puffed smoke. If to the puffed smoke, then it should be considered an apostrophe. “your conjugation with my earth/ Bare crounching rocks” means your mingling with the early space, causes the smoker’s teeth to be exposed in tightened as if in grinding.
Another ambiguity is in “circling spirit” which might mean the smoke coming out in a circular motion or the odour of smoking always circulating.
Probably people’s addiction to smoking must have motivated the poet into crafting this poem. Even the structure looked imbalance, unable to hold, and wavery like a puffed smoke.
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