Detail Analysis Of My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough By Stephen Spender

“My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough” is a poem written by Stephen Spender; an English poet born 28-02-1909 in Kensington but died at the age of 86 year old on 16-07-1995.

Stephen Spender was a huge fan of literature and art. He was very friendly and his friendship aligned with the proverb that says “Birds of the same feathers fly together”.

Wikipedia says and I quote: “Spender was acquainted with fellow Auden Group members Louis MacNeice, Edward Upward and Cecil Day-Lewis. He was friendly with David Jones and later came to know W. B. Yeats, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Hughes, Joseph Brodsky, Isaiah Berlin, Mary McCarthy, Roy Campbell, Raymond Chandler, Dylan Thomas, Jean-Paul Sartre, F. T. Prince and T. S. Eliot, as well as members of the Bloomsbury Group, in particular Virginia Woolf.”

“My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough” talks about the poet’s childhood experience with bullies. The twelve line poem which is divided into three stanzas of equal lines per stanza, explained how the poet was bullies by a group of superior but inferior. It further explained that bitter words and muscular strength are their bullying tools. It concluded the poem with one of the everlasting effects on a bully victim; which is lack of forgiveness.

According to stanza one, his parents kept him from those bully boys because the harshly mismanaged the spoken words, they were poor wearing “rags”, and “They ran the street” “And climbed cliffs and stripped by country streams”.

Second stanza, the poet feared the bullies because of their strength and many times they’d beaten him.

In stanza three, they really tormented him; haunted him like by appearing when he least expected. They even threw mud at him.

The poem is categorized under youthful recollection and it has a well planned structure, simple dictions, and physical human setting with the use of “street” “climbed cliffs” “country streams” “on the road” “behind hedges” “mud” etc.

The central theme in the poem is bullying but other themes of note are lack of forgiveness, fear, superiority, inferiority and poverty.
The poet was Continue reading Detail Analysis Of My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough By Stephen Spender

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Deep Analysis Of Lullaby By W H Auden

Lullaby is a soothing song intended to lull a child to sleep. In the poem “Lullaby” by W. H. Auden, two crucial subjects were placed side-by-side; love and lullaby.

With the notion of the poem, lullaby is the best way to love which surpassed outward appreciation, nighttime sensual moments and cohabitational responsibilities. Auden saw no certainty in other things than lullaby.

He believed that time and sickness destroy youthfulness and its accompanied hopefulness through aging and dying; that’s why the night his lover lie on his arms was worth everything to him.

Auden accepted the strong emotionality within romantic ecstasy but failed to attach importance to such ecstasy because it was gravy. Such ecstasy leads to other things like parenting:

“Soul and body have no bounds: 
To lovers as they lie upon 
Her tolerant enchanted slope 
In their ordinary swoon, 
Grave the vision Venus sends 
Of supernatural sympathy, 
Universal love and hope; 
While abstract insight wakes 
Among the glaciers and the rocks 
The hermit’s sensual ecstasy.”

In stanza 3, Auden explained that although lovemaking as a means of quenching the cry of boredom, only last a very short period of time “like vibrations Continue reading Deep Analysis Of Lullaby By W H Auden

Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray (Summary)

Thomas Gray was an English poet and among other things, a professor at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was born 1716 but departed the earth 1771.

A book cannot be judged by its cover but according to the notion of the poem speaker, status of a dead person can be judged by the nature of his or her grave.

By looking at the graves in a certain country churchyard, the poem speaker concluded that they were poor alive which led to the sympathetic feeling towards them.

The journey of life comes to halt with death and such is buttressed in the poem. The poem speaker reminds the readers that death is inevitable and comes to everyone irrespective of class, age or status.

The poet through imagery sets the mood of finality that depicts an end to an ongoing activity. This state of finality is reflected in the significance of the images of the “curfew”, the “lowing herd” and the “plowman” who, in their various activities, indicate an end of action, a span of life as it were. Thus in “tolls and knell of parting day”, “wind Continue reading Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray (Summary)

Overview Of We Shall Not Sleep By Chirikure Chirikure

Chirikure Chirikure is a Zimbabwean poet, songwriter, and writer born in the year 1962. The poet’s name is relevant in African poetry circle and in 1990, Chirikure’s book “Rukuvhute” received Honorable Mention in the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

The style adopted in crafting the poem is similar to that of Birago Diop’s fondly used of refrain. The thematic message in the poem is based on oppression and opposition.

The voice in the poem sounds protesting the evil deeds of unnamed oppre Continue reading Overview Of We Shall Not Sleep By Chirikure Chirikure

Analysis Of My Busconductor By Roger McGough

This thirty three line poem begins with an abstract voice telling the readers about his busconductor who soon will depart this heart as a result of kidney failure. From line 5-18, the poem speaker tells that all the things that used to amount to nothing in the eyes of the busconductor became important while those cherished things became uninteresting to the busconductor:-
“Each busticket
takes on now a different shape
and texture.
He holds a ninepenny single
as if it were a rose
and puts the shilling in his bag
as a child into a gasmeter.
His thin lips
have no quips
for fat factorygirls
and he ignores
the drunk who snores
and the oldman who talks to himself
and gets off at Continue reading Analysis Of My Busconductor By Roger McGough

Analysis Of Absence By Pablo Neruda

Absence by Pablo Neruda has the theme of love and optimism. Neruda composed the poem on the ground of love; based on the context of the poem, we see two lovers without close contact. While the female feels hurt, the poem speaker composed this reassuring poem to prove that his love for her remains intact. Last stanza of the poem shows the optimistic nature of the poet:
“But wait for me, 
Keep for me your sweetness. 
I will give you too 
A rose.”

Structurally, the poem titled “Absence” by Pablo Neruda is a multiple stanza free verse. The title of the poem makes the message straightforward. Where one lover worries about the long absence of his or her lover. It may not be appropriate to specify a setting for the poem but the subject in discussion deals with emotional condition tabled in front of the readers in the form of love letter. The tone is very sweet, wooing, and assuring.

Let’s make a stanza-by-stanza explanation of this simple poem. The first stanza shows that the poet began Continue reading Analysis Of Absence By Pablo Neruda

Preoccupation Of Oswald Mtshali In Nightfall In Soweto

The violence and all forms of crimes perpetrated at night by the white against the black in the poem titled “Night Fall In Soweto” are the things that preoccupied Oswald Mtshali.

With the use of simile, the poet referrred to nightfall as a “dreaded disease”. The agents of the nightfall acrocities are shown “lurking in the shadow” and “clasping a dagger” awaiting their victims.

From the first person point of view, the readers of the poem are told that the poem speaker is one of the victim:
“I am the victim”
“I am the prey”
“I am slaughtered”

Urgency for survival made Oswald Mtshali seek means of escape. He put his worries in form Continue reading Preoccupation Of Oswald Mtshali In Nightfall In Soweto

Theme Of Hopelessness In Futility By Wilfred Owen

Though the poem is about a soldier’s untimely death in war, the poem uses this forum to make a general observation about the hopeless situation of human existence. The poet is in a serious and sombre mood. The tone is that of regret. A highly philosophical poem in the sense that it attempts to portray the futility and meaninglessness of human mortality. The sun is generally seen as a life-sustaining agent but the poet wonders why the sun toils ceaselessly to sustain this meaningless life.

In the poets view, life is futile. There is no worthwhile hope in the life of men. When the poem speaker finally realizes that the soldier is dead, he resorts to rhetorical questions as a means to emphasize the futility of human life and to express his anxieties and distress about the dying soldier.

Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides

Full-nerved-still warm-too hard to stir?

Was it for this the clay grew tall?

O what made fatuous sunbeams toil

To break earth’s sleep at all?

In the above lines, there is a focus on the helpless soldier who lies motionless. A man who Continue reading Theme Of Hopelessness In Futility By Wilfred Owen

Analysis of Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh by Femi Fani Kayode

THE ANALYSIS:-

“Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh” is a descriptive love poem that embraced the instrument of praise and prayer.

The most part of the poem described Femi Fani Kayode’s Katerina as an extraordinary beauty; using the same hyperbolical language of William Shakespeare’s craftiness. The ending part of the poem carry some hope words that are tabled in form of prayer.

Few of the poetic devices in the poem are enjambment (as ideas or expressions flow beyond a single line), simile (many comparisons are made in the poem using “like” for instance “Your Continue reading Analysis of Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh by Femi Fani Kayode

Analysis Of Ozymandias By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley in terms of the antique trait of the poem, it reminds me of the poem titled “Relic” by Ted Hughes. There are two different sonnets having the same title (Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Ozymandias by Horace Smith) but the one on our discussion table is about one of the sculpt images of the Greek ruler found by an archeologist in a desert which assumed to be a kingdom gone to extinction.
The image was a shattered statue remaining only the face of the Greek king. Where beneath the stone image was written:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

The poem titled “Ozymandias” is a sonnet, written in loose iambic pentameter, where the first stanza has eight lines and six lines for the second stanza. Most sonnets end in a rhyming couplet but this is an exception. Both stanzas are dedicated to the description of the stone image. In stanza one, readers are given a clear picture of how the statue was found, the damage that had befallen the statue, the pride and arrogance portrayed by the statue, etc.

The following are the themes of the poem:-
(1) Futility of wealth and status: With the little that is left to remind the Continue reading Analysis Of Ozymandias By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Analysis Of O Captain My Captain By Walt Whitman

Structurally, this twenty four line poem is divided into three equal stanza of eight lines per stanza. For the record, Walt Whitman is known for his unpredictable rhythm and rhyme scheme. Though the poem has some evidence of end rhyme scheme,  word arrangement looks wobbling and irregular like the current of the ocean. It is no surprise that the poem took such arrangement since the poem has a sea setting with the use of words such as “shore” “ship” “Captain” “vessel” “voyage” “deck”.

This poem falls under the category of war poem but the fact that it is an elegy cannot be denied. The poem speakers indirectly mourns the death of his captain who has fallen in battle. Speaking with ignorance, the poet calls on his dead captain as he was sleeping, asking him to rise up; after which he tells the readers through his contrasting refrain that “…my Captain lies/ Fallen cold and dead”.

In stanza 1, the speaker notifies his captain that the battle is over and won. Stanza 2 tells the captain of the crowd at shore happily ready to celebrate with him. Stanza 3 is where the speaker of the poem hit the nail in the head by coming into reality:
“My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with Continue reading Analysis Of O Captain My Captain By Walt Whitman

Analysis Of Advertising By A S J Tessimond

Literature is the mirror of life and poetry is a vital element for its reflections. A. S. J. Tessimond in the poem “Advertising” showcased what the motive behind advertisements in a poetic way. The poet prove that advert is conversion (it shows the seller has better knowledge than the consumer in terms of the products that will be of usefulness to the consumer)

The use of punctuation marks in the poem signifies a lot. Question mark used in line 10 is basically to clear the buyers’ doubt on the hyperbole seen between lines 9-10 (Who tells you that ten million men have long/ Called a stone bread_ and can ten million men be wrong?) Exclamation mark used in lines 3-4 is to command the actions, to compel the emotions, to further push the desires of the buyer.

In accordance with the voice of the poem speaker, the poem has an affirming, commanding, and assuring tone. Like a soothsayer, the voice of the poem shows that the seller or advertiser knows the buyer or consumer better than himself or herself. With the use of metaphors the speaker placed himself or herself higher than the buyer by saying:
“I am your wish and I its answer.
I am the drum and you the dancer.
I am the trumpet-voice, the Stentor.
I am temptation, I the Mentor”

The quoted lines above also carry some anaphora. There are instances of word repetition; words like “voice” “men” “save” “spend” “turning”. Alliterations in the poem are “gleam or glint” in line 1. “the almost-gems Continue reading Analysis Of Advertising By A S J Tessimond

Analysis Of Ode To The West Wind By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy B. Shelley was an English Romantic poet born on the 4th of August 1792 at West Sussex, England. He died at the tender age of 29 years old on the 8th of July 1822 in Italy.

Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a praise poem written to portray the sweetness of influence and power possession though many poetry analysts have suggested all sorts of motives. Some have claimed it’s an elegy others have claimed otherwise; amidst diverse claims, what if Wikipedia has things to say?

Which brings us to the question: what does wikipedia has to say about the motive of Shelley in the poem “Ode to the West Wind”? The knowledge archive stood on the fact that the poet’s previous poems (The Masque of Anarchy, Prometheus Unbound, and England in 1819) share the same subject opinion with the one on discussion Continue reading Analysis Of Ode To The West Wind By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Compare And Contrast Birches By Robert Frost And The Schoolboy by William Blake

Differences:-
(1) Background. The poets share differences in territorial background; William Blake was an English poet born in Broadwick St. Soho, London. While Robert Frost was an American poet born in San Francisco, California.

(2) Plot. Both poems go different direction in terms of narration. The Schoolboy by William Blake talks about child who preferred informal education to the mandatory formal education enforced on him by his parents; while Birches by Robert Frost speaks of his delightful childhood experience of swinging birches Continue reading Compare And Contrast Birches By Robert Frost And The Schoolboy by William Blake

Analysis Of Vanity By Birago Diop

Birago Diop is one among the poets of culture. The following poems of his_ Vanity, Breath, etc. are prove of his love for African customs and norms. He was a Senegalese poet of African folktales and folklores who lived between 11 December 1906 and 25 November 1989. Till this day, his name has never been undermined when mentioning the pioneer figures of the Négritude literary movement.

As a faithful steward of African tutelage, Birago Diop understood the implications of paying deaf ears and lip services to the deep rooted ways of the forefathers. In the poem vanity, Birago Diop cried out his regrets for himself and the contemporary Africans who have belittled the African tradition by cherishing and glorifying the alien cultural lifestyle. He didn’t forget to mention that those who had downgraded their African root suffered it; leaving the signs of their punishment everywhere:
“Just as our ears were deaf
To their cries, to their wild appeals
They have left on the earth their cries
In the air, on the water, where they have traced their signs
For us blind deaf and unworthy Sons”

This thirty line poem, chopped into multiple stanzas, has an unhappy tone and candidly Continue reading Analysis Of Vanity By Birago Diop

How To Excel In Literature-In-English Examination

Speaking generally about Literature-in-English examinations, not excluding WAEC, NECO, GCE, etc.

Two simple facts are necessary for excellence in the examination to be guaranteed, they are (i) Studying according to the recommended texts (ii) Understanding the  monotonous style of the questions.

(#1) To Study According To Recommended Texts:-
Taking West African Literature-in-English examination as a case study, it is necessary for any candidate willing to sit for WAEC, NECO or GCE to lay hold of the recommended texts and study them carefully. Having the appropriate syllabus will be a wise step towards success; the word “appropriate” must be of note since WAEC for example, does change her Literature-In-English syllable at a specific interval (precisely every four years) which means that some texts that are found helpful Continue reading How To Excel In Literature-In-English Examination

Analysis Of Leaving Town By James Reeves

Leaving Town by James Reeves is a fourteen-line descriptive poem. It describes the reactions of people of a certain town (referred to as "we') who aims to leave the town after a certain natural disaster (maybe earthquake or volcano) but their attempts seems hopeless as a result of the huge damage and rush of people to escape.

The poem is straightforward. The line one of the poem opposes the title of the poem. Though the poem is titled "Leaving Town" but the opening line of the poem immediately tells the reader that such will not happen: "It was impossible to leave the town"(says line 1) then the further part of the poem shows the reasons behind the impossibility. From the tone of the poet, it is evident that impatience has mixed with confusion in their state of urgency; escape is necessary but unattainable.

"We finished in a little cul-de-sac" (in line 11)
According to the dictionary, a cul-de-sac is a street with an opening at one end only; a blind alley.
In respect to line 11, the poet says that the damage turns the town into a one way street having a bottleneck entrance and exit as a result of the congested traffic.

"And like Hesperides the suburbs seemed"
The line means that the Continue reading Analysis Of Leaving Town By James Reeves

Analysis Of Music By Charles Baudelaire

The Poet:-

Charles Baudelaire is a French author and poet who lived forty six years on earth between 1821 and 1867. One among his notable poetry works is Les Fleurs Du Mal (The Flowers Of Evil)

Denotation:-

This poem gives a detailed experience of sailing; it talks about the foggy experience on the sea, the endless view of the sea, the waves waging war against the ship, the continuous sound of the ropes against the rigged mast of the ship, the calmness of the seas (which metaphorical was likened to a mirror). At the opening of the poem, the poet likened himself to a ship and likened music to a sailing experience on the sea. Music lifts the poet the same way the sea lifts the ship.

Connotation:-

The themes evident in the poem are (i) the memorable experience of sailing (ii) the beautiful impacts of music.

Structurally, it must be said that the poem has a sea setting though the title and introduction depict music. it is a four stanza poem where the first line rhymes with the third line to portray an end rhyming scheme of ABAB ABAB. The first stanza contains four lines, the second stanza contains four lines, the third stanza contains three lines and fourth stanza contains three lines.

To summarize by each stanza, the stanza 1 says of how music is like sailing a ship, the stanza 2 further says of the poet push through music like Continue reading Analysis Of Music By Charles Baudelaire

Deep Analysis Of Preludes By T. S. Eliot

According to the English Dictionary from wiktionary.org, "Prelude is an introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface." In that wise, the title of the poem suggests the poet’s motivation towards creating the popular poem "Preludes".

No wonder the poet concluded the poem metaphorically by comparing the rotational flow of each day to the consistently laborious ancient women: "The worlds revolve like ancient women/ Gathering fuel in vacant lots". Still on the title of the poem, the poet pluralised the title to show how continuous and consistent the events of days are.

Preludes by T. S. Eliot is a poem that reflects on the monotonously programmed phases of earthly day-by-day; using the dusk to dawn issues (as the dusk introduces humans to the end of a day so does the dawn introduces humans to the beginning of a new day then in such manner the earthly wheel of time moves on). The poem is divided into four (4) parts: part 1 about dusk for instance line 1-4 "The winter evening settles down/ With smell of steaks in passageways/ Six o’clock/ The burnt-out ends of smoky days". Part 2 about dawn for instance line 14-16 "The morning comes to consciousness/ Of faint stale smells of beer/ From the sawdust-trampled street". Part 3 about nighttime for instance line 24-26 "You tossed a blanket from the bed/ You lay upon your back, and waited/ You dozed, and watched the night revealing". Part for 4 about daytime for instance the rest of the lines "His soul stretched tight across the skies/ That fade behind a city block/ Or trampled by insistent feet/ At four and five and six o’clock/ And short square fingers stuffing pipes/ And evening newspapers, and eyes/ Assured of certain certainties/ The conscience of a blackened street/ Impatient to assume the world/ I am moved by fancies that are curled/ Around these images, and cling/ The notion of some infinitely gentle/ Infinitely suffering thing/ Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh/ The worlds revolve like ancient women/ Gathering fuel in vacant lots ".

Judging from Continue reading Deep Analysis Of Preludes By T. S. Eliot

Rainy Season Love Song by Acquah Laluah

Out of the tense awed darkness my Frangipani comes
While the blades of Heaven flash round her and the roll of thunder drums
My young heart leaps and dances with exquisite joy and pain
As storm within and storm without I meet my love in the rain

The rain is in love with you darling: ’tis kissing you everywhere
Rain pattering o’er your small brown feet rain in your curly hair
Rain in the vale that your twin breasts make as in delicate mounds they rise
I hope there is rain in your heart Frangipani as rain half fills your eyes

Into my arms she cometh and the lightning of my desire
Flashes and leaps about her more subtle than Heaven’s fire.
"The lightning’s in love with you darling it is loving you so much
That its electricity pulses in you wherever I may touch.

When I kiss your lips and your eyes and your hands like twin flowers apart
I know there is lightning Continue reading Rainy Season Love Song by Acquah Laluah

Analyzed Somewhere I Have Never Travelled Gladly Beyond By E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings is an American poet painter, essayist, author, and a playwright. Judging by the dominance of the theme of love in most of his poetry crafts, Cummings should be called the Shakespeare among his poetry colleagues.

The poem "Somewhere I Have Never Traveled Gladly Beyond" tells of the immense power of love with the alluring image of "eyes" and "rose" and "rain" and "flower". Such theme is largely covered in this poem of twenty lines divided into five stanzas of four lines per stanza.

The first stanza says of the attraction caused by seductive eyes and gesture which the poet has never before witnessed.

According to the second stanza, the feelings the poet tried to hide due to fear and shyness are forced open the same way a Spring time opens her first rose so (touching skilfully,mysteriously).

In stanza Continue reading Analyzed Somewhere I Have Never Travelled Gladly Beyond By E. E. Cummings

Character And Significance Of Mary Dalton In Native Son By Richard Wright

The problem of Bigger Thomas was simply of dissatisfaction until he came into proximity with Mary Dalton which broaden his criminal trait by turning him into a murderer.

The impact of Mary Dalton in the novel cannot be overemphasized knowing that Native Son by Richard Wright is a story that narrates relationship differences in terms of race, status, and ideology; therefore the murder of Mary Dalton via suffocation made the storyline more intense and interesting.

"I’ve been to England, France, and Mexico, but I don’t know how people live ten blocks from me" said Mary in page 101. Her statement was a prove of huge class differences in the novel.

In an environment where the white is superior to the black and any complain of Continue reading Character And Significance Of Mary Dalton In Native Son By Richard Wright

The Panic Of Growing Older By Lenrie Peters

The Panic of Growing Older is a poem that can be categorized under growth and living. Its context is partly scientific and mainly biological since biology is the study of all life or living matters.

This poem is a creative effort of Lenrie Peters (1932 – 2009), a multi talented Gambian citizen who was widely known to be an author, a singer, a broadcaster, and to crown it all; a medical doctor.

The poem tabled the human sequences of aging and its accompanied fear. An adult in his twenties_ uses his one sided view of life, to occupy himself with sweet simple fantasized gigantic expectations until he clocks thirty and then reality begins to set in. All the simple expectations and hopes seem hard to attain while aging approach quicker than blinks.

With the sincere tone of the poem, a sober mood of realization is created through the 32 lines of the poem; in which the 8 stanzas are quatrains mostly linked by enjambments.

Stanzaic summary:-
Stanza 1 means that the fear of aging increases by year. Stanza 2 implies that one will be filled with sweet hope at twenty. Stanza 3 says the expectations began to wane. Stanza 4 adds more implication of growing older where one has long hours Continue reading The Panic Of Growing Older By Lenrie Peters

Analysis Of In The Navel Of The Soul By Kobena Acquah

Ideological differences can be seen in the poem titled: In The Navel Of The Soul by Kobena Acquah as the voice of the poem favours the traditional way in comparison with the scientific way. This is also another poem with a cultural clash; almost similar to poems like The Anvil And The Hammer by Kofi Awoonor, Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara, Young Africa’s Plea by Dennis Osadebay, etc. The issue of pregnancy detection is the discussion in the poem where pregnancy is determined through the local African way while western scientific way says opposite leading to the argument of proficiency.

Kobena Eyi Acquah is a Ghanaian poet born in the year 1952. He is also a legal practitioner educated at the University of Ghana and the Ghana Law School. Now it is no surprise that Kobena created a poem with a debatable opinion or view.

A quick summary of the eight stanzas of the poem "In The Navel Of The Soul" go thus:-

Stanza one says that it is possible for a traditional birth-giver to detect pregnancy by a mere touch on the tommy.

The stanza two say that the medical practitioner’s urine test, accompanied with other biological signs and observation say negative.

Then the third stanza says but the traditional birth-giver can feel a baby in Continue reading Analysis Of In The Navel Of The Soul By Kobena Acquah

Harvest Of Corruption By Frank Ogbeche (2 Themes)

This post is to discuss two of the most vital themes in Harvest Of Corruption by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche. This is a drama set in Jacassa to show how greed leads to the abuse of privileges and power. There are two factions; the evildoers versus the evil-fighters.

Getting to the themes, we have:
(1) Corrupt Practices and the end results:-
In the drama, Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka took the privilege of being the Minister for External Relations as a reason to get greedy. With false promises and illicit enticements, the chief gathered people to be his "pawns"; the likes of Aloho, Ochuole, Madam Hoha, Justice Odili, the Police Commissioner, etc.
By the time the drama will draw to close, every corrupt entities have got their own shares of rewards. Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka was brought to book with the faithful assistant of ACP Yakubu, Prosecution Counsel and the rightful court of law. Chief Ade-Amaka was sentenced to twenty-five years in jail confinement with hard labour. Aloho lost her life and unwanted pregnancy. Akpara Hotel was closed and Madam Hoha was given ten years in imprisonment the same as Ochuole, etc.

(2) Morality exults in all situations:-
A moral heart never gives in to greed as seen in the drama, while Aloho was highly carried away by all that Ochuole (their ex-schoolmate) had acquired, it didn’t move Ogeyi at all.
Ogeyi wasn’t the only one unsatisfied with the corrupt acts going on in Jacassa, the drama showed Inspector Inaku, ACP Yakubu, even Showboy (the madman) as other characters against the injustices happening. It Continue reading Harvest Of Corruption By Frank Ogbeche (2 Themes)

Analysis Of Tempest By Glynn Burridge

This poem by Glynn Burridge is of a sailing experience (a very stormy sailing experience). Though short (8 lines) but descriptive with the byproduct of careful imageries. The poem persona shows the relationship between sky and sea; meaning a cloudy sky can cause a stormy sea. The ship contending the storm was described as old made with woods from a long forgotten forest. The sky was described as dark and cloudy with a hovering bird called a phantom. The sea was described to be stormy, wicked and angry almost drowning the ship.

In the poem, one see the ship, the ocean, the sky, the hovering bird; all with the used image of sight and sound ("old sailing beauty" in line 1, "Yaws dizzily in her century-old duel with a drunken sea" in line 2, "wind-tormented waves and a leaden sky", "in pained falsetto", "riotous rendez-vous", etc.

The poem speaker not only view the sea as animate; metaphorically, Continue reading Analysis Of Tempest By Glynn Burridge

Song Of Sorrow 1 And 2 By Kofi Awoonor (Imagery)

Born on March 13, 1935, Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet and author well-known for combining the poetic traditions of his native Ewe with contemporary and religious symbolism to create a unique form of writing. He died after sustaining injuries during the attack by Somali militant group, al-Shabaab at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya on September 21, 2013.

“Song of Sorrow 1 and 2 is a pessimistic poem. It is a dirge in which the living blame the ancestors for the hardship and difficulties that their departure has left behind. Much of this meaning is conveyed through several important images used in the poem.

The desolation and helplessness that has occurred is presented right at the beginning of the Song of Sorrow 1 in the form of “chameleon faeces”. The image is appropriate as it conjures up the picture of something that cannot be wiped away or made clean. It is this catastrophe that is emphasized by the use of this image.

A series of other images closely associated with desolation, destruction and even death, is used in successive parts Continue reading Song Of Sorrow 1 And 2 By Kofi Awoonor (Imagery)

Mad Girl’s Love Song By Sylvia Plath

The speaker is a lover with a very deep feeling of love for someone (which could be male or female) the poem did not specify.

In a nut shell, Sylvia Plath wrote this poem in form of villanelle. When a poem has 6 stanzas (where the first 5 stanzas are 3 lines each and the last stanza is 4 lines) of which line 1 is repeated in line 6, 12, 18 and line 3 is repeated in line 9, 15, 19; such a poem is referred to as a villanelle.

To summarize the poem, "It seems I made you up in my brain because you left me too soon when your love inside of me was still very fresh and strong; leaving me with the hope that you shall soon come back to me until now I became old and could no longer recollect your name.

Whenever I remember how Continue reading Mad Girl’s Love Song By Sylvia Plath

5 Poems Of Gabriel Eziorobo

Below are few poems of Gabriel Eziorobo:-

#1 A CLUE
I really don’t know
a secret in you,
because i was a baby
in his mother womb,
for nine months
without seeing the sun,
pondering day and night
thinking of what to do,
luckily for me
i fell asleep
in a secret town
surrounded with art
full of branches
with a secret in it
i find myself
a clue in it,
with the four-letters
everything is open.

#2 LIME-LIGHT
Every time i touches the light
i see you in the lime-light of my heart,
so deep in my heart
deeper than the ocean.

Every time i wanna say hi to you,
your eyes will be sleeping
in the night
so i felt,i was a pest to you
not to allow your eyes
to sleep well in the night
so i walk away
to the mountain
to fast and pray
for you to see the lime-light
in my heart,
so deep in my heart
deeper than the ocean.

#3 LIKE A RIVER
I was angry
in and out of me,
flowing like a river
in the river-side,
where it started
like a tumour
to my heart,
my heart was full of anger,
pumping in and out of me
like a river
in the river-side,
where i find her
the guilding angel
of my heart,
she is the one
or maybe she is
the healer
of my sickness,
i was wandering
like a river
in the river-side,
i find happiness with her.

#4 THE NIGHT
The night is dark
so the beauty
of the earth
is down.

The night is scary
and those who wake-up
are the survivals.

The night is the spirit-battle
so the night ask;
how was your-night?
How many people are alive?
How many people are dead?

#5 WONDER WONDER
My heart ceases
to function
so my brain
stops to think
so i wonder wonder,
where will i be?

The beauty,
of the earth
is fading
so the birds sing ah!ah!ah!
So i wonder wonder,
what does the song mean?

The drummers drum
so the dancers dance
to the rhythm of the drum
so i wonder wonder,
what is the rhythm of the drum?

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Analysis of Kwashiorkor By Moses Opara

Opara introduced the readers to the poem by sharing his encounter with a beautiful child suffering from kwashiorkor down a shallow street:
"I saw a beautiful child
Down a shallow street"

The poet continues by telling the readers about the child’s swollen belly, bow legs, starved head and smiles which depicted that the child wore a kwashiorkor look. All these portrayed by the poet are signs of malnutrition that leads to kwashiorkor in children:
"With swollen belly, bow legs and starved head
His smiles wore a kwashiorkor look"

The poets feels pity for the child and his/her condition of malnutrition and hunger.
The child’s voice is fainting every day and his heart no longer wants to move on. He is fighting to stay alive and also fighting the fears in his heart.

The child is malnourished as a result of poverty and drought:
"With fainting voice, he sighed in his heart
He was playing with the dust of despair
Fighting the crawling Continue reading Analysis of Kwashiorkor By Moses Opara

The Analysis Of Shakespeare By Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold uses the medium of his poem titled: "Shakespeare" to eulogize William Shakespeare by telling the readers about Shakespeare’s life and time. The poet opens with,
"Others abide our question. Thou art free
We ask and ask, thou smiles and act still,
Out-topping knowledge for the loftiest art"
He tells us about the knowledge of Shakespeare, and how his works reflects his identity. Others can’t skip their questions but he is free.

In line 4, the poet tells us that Shakespeare is like a king, and he is also steadfast and strong in his art. His dwelling place is in the heaven of heavens where he finds peace.
"Making the heaven if heavens his dwelling place
Spares but the cloudy border of his base,
To the foil searching of immortality"

The poet in eulogizing Shakespeare, said that the stars and sunbeam know him. He did not rise to prominence through school, he self-schooled, self-scanned, self-honoured and self-secured himself. He didn’t allow Continue reading The Analysis Of Shakespeare By Matthew Arnold

Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

The Nigerian poet, Gabriel Okara who wrote the popular poem “Piano and Drums” hailed from Bayelsa state. He was born in the 1921. He was once a civil servant among many other career parts.

“Piano and Drums” as poem is symbolism of the poet’s dilemma in a position of cultural clash. The idea of cultural clash is the motivating or central message the poem passes to the readers.

The “Piano” which symbolised the poet’s westernised present lifestyle was compared with the “Drums” which symbolised the past village background of the poet; the comparison of the poet’s past with present way of living is referred to as the class of culture (since culture is defined as the lifestyle of a Continue reading Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

Discord In Childhood by D. H. Lawrence (Analyzed)

The poem opens with the poet telling us about an ash-tree outside a house with terrible whips. The poem is all about the evil of anger, and how destructive it can be. The wind was tamed by the whips from the tree as a ship showing the painful days of childhood.
"Outside the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips
And at night when the wind arose, the lash of the tree shrieked and slashed the wind, as a ship’s
Weird rigging in a storm shrieks hideously"

In line 5, the poet tells us about two voices within the house disturbing the peace of the night. In anger, the voices arise rendering causes upon each other in disagreement over something. The voices begin to fight, one of the voices maybe the man bruised and drowned the woman in a silence of blood.
"Within the house two voices arose in anger, a slender lash
Whistling delirious rage, and dreadful sound
Of a thick lash booming and bruising,
Until it drowned the Continue reading Discord In Childhood by D. H. Lawrence (Analyzed)

Analysis Of Hide And Seek By Vernon Scannell

TITLE:- Hide And Seek
AUTHOR:- Vernon Scannell
REGION:- Non-African
GENRE:- Poetry
SETTING:- The garden
CATEGORY:- Children/ Family
THEME:- Playing/ Recreation
FIGURATIVE:- Personification
LINES:- Twenty Seven
DICTION:- Simple
VERSIFICATION:- Single
END RHYME SCHEME:- Couplet
MOOD:- Playful
TONE:- Instructional
SALIENT:- "But where are they who sought you"
INTRO:- Call out. Call loud: ‘I’m ready! Come and find me!’

Narrate The Poem In Prose Form:-
Call out. Call loud: ‘I’m ready! Come and find me!’ because you’re carefully hiding in one of the smelly sacks in the dark toolshed; the sacks seriously smell like the seaside but you can’t risk coming out as not to be caught by those in search.
The ground is wet but you can hear them searching the nearby bush close to the swing. Even if situation calls for sneezing; you mustn’t or breath loud or move your feet but remain numb in your state of darkness.
You can still hear Continue reading Analysis Of Hide And Seek By Vernon Scannell

Analyzed Ulysses By Alfred Lord Tennyson

This dramatic monologue is a masterpiece. At naijapoets.com, we have analyzed poems that possessed monologue before and our reference goes to Analysis of The Pulley by George Herbert. Just for clarity sake, a poem where all the events are narrated by the poem speaker and the words of other characters are placed in quotation marks; such poem is said to possess a dramatic monologue.

Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892) alluded to the Homer’s epic Odyssey to prove that the poem is adventure driven. Perhaps, one can also consider the poem a parody that aimed to challenge old age and its accompanied weariness and boredom.

"I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name;"

From the excerpt above, Tennyson made his readers to see where his concern is based. Claiming that truly he might be old but not accustomed to staying at home and ruling in a boring four walls of a palace
The poem speaker still wants to practice his passion even in his old age; wants to be on Continue reading Analyzed Ulysses By Alfred Lord Tennyson

In Time Of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes (10 Facts)

Naijapoets.com shows some ten facts about the poem title: "In Time Of Silver Rain" by Langston Hughes:-

(1) "In Time Of Silver Rain" is a non-african poem
(2) The poem is written by Langston Hughes
(3) The poem is lacking in it stanza craft.
(4) "In Time Of Silver Rain" has a four stanza division
(5) "In Time Of Silver Rain" has more of repetition and personification as far as poetic devices are concerned
(6) Fertility, Mortality, Season are few of the themes in the poem.
(7) It is a good Continue reading In Time Of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes (10 Facts)

Analyze Poem Of Alienation By Antonio Jacinto

This poem of Antonio Jacinto is a deep heart poured out. In a keen view to analyze, The title "Poem Of Alienation" and the opening line "This is not yet my poem/ the poem of my soul and of my blood no" try to separate the poet from the message passed via this poem. Jacinto believed that a professional poet must have a certain category which his poem must base, but in his own case, he still lacked knowledge and power to write his poem because his poem still wanders aimlessly in the bush or in the city in the voice of the wind in the surge of the sea in the Aspect of Being.

Jacinto is a poet from Angola, a country with a colonial story of White versus Black. He died on the 23th of June, in the year 1991. In the words of the poet: child abuse, child labour, lustiness, poverty, racism, injustice; are evident.

The versification and diction are lowered to laymen comprehension even with the prevalent use of imageries all through the seventeen stanzas of the poem.

There are instances of personification plus imageries in some stanzas (e.g: my poem Continue reading Analyze Poem Of Alienation By Antonio Jacinto

Analysis Of Horns By Kwame Dawes

Horns by the poet Kwame Dawes also paints another African challenge which differs in subject from the rampant issue of colonization, western encroachment, deep rooted corruption, unavailability of social infrastructures, civil and political wars, trafficking and abuses, droughts, jungle justices, gender inequality, just to mention few.

The title Horns symbolizes Mosquitoes. Billions are spent every year in African countries to curb the rage of mosquitoes and their malarias through immunization, sensitization, vaccination, importations of antimalarial weapons, and more; yet mosquitoes cease to become a thing of the past. The pain of mosquitoes rampage shimmered Dawes into composing this image-filled poem. With many imageries, the suspense within the poem cannot be denied.

In this poem titled "Horns", Kwame Dawes did not only write about the confident mosquitoes roaming human environments, he further explained Continue reading Analysis Of Horns By Kwame Dawes

Analysis Of Daffodils No More By Gorden J. L. Ramel

"Daffodils No More" is about unhappiness of a poet named, Gorden J. L. Ramel, regarding the negative effect of industrialization. The poet compared history with present but found no similarity as a result of industrialization’s encroachment (industrial takeover). "Look around you for a second then cast the eyes of your heart back to the years gone, you’ll realize how vast things have changed; Life keeps rotating like a wind and vast changes keep sweeping in."

Gorden Ramel must truly be a fan of William Wordsworth. The poem "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth motivated his concern for deterioration of natural things in this era.
"…for I had looked for daffodils/ and found but few in England’s hills" (lines 5-6)

In stanza 2 of the poem, he made us realise that other beauties of nature were also missing alongside daffodils; things like butterflies, birds and Continue reading Analysis Of Daffodils No More By Gorden J. L. Ramel

Analysis Of Night Song By David Holbrook

The refrain justifies the title "Night Song". One of the traits of a song is refrain and the first and the last stanza of the poem are refrains. The poem "Night Song" by David Holbrook has five stanzas of four lines per stanza with planned rhyming scheme.

According to the context of the poem, when night comes and darkness dominates the atmosphere, few of the common happenings are people going to sleep, silence becoming so relevant (as few sounds that will be heard are sounds of "cricket and jar", "children snore", "the smell of clover", and so on)
At night, the weather becomes cold, owls become more active and same as the beetles.

Besides the aforementioned refrain, alliteration and personification are evident in the poem. Many inanimate are personified: Night was personified in line 4 "Night climbs the stairway". Poppy and rose are personified in line 9 "Poppy and rose swim in the warm remainder". Tree was personified in line 13-14 "Bare to the teeming black the heady tree/ Sighs in its sleep and stirs". Water was personified in line 16 "The water chuckles". Few instance of alliterations are "cups and clear" in Continue reading Analysis Of Night Song By David Holbrook

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