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Thursday, January 21, 2016

What Literary Devices Are In "Sad Complaining Voices Of Beggars" From Vanity By Birago Diop

"Sad complaining voices of beggars" is found in line 4 of the poem Vanity by Birago diop. The line contains 5 figures of speech; imagery, metaphor, personification and assonance.

(i) Imagery is the vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting image of a sensible object. The two words "sad

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Analysis Of Become The Journey By Femi Osofisan

This very short poem by Femi Osofisan is a motivational poem that calls the readers to action; I prefer this poem to Locusts by Femi Osofisan, because of its brevity and simplicity.

Base on naijapoets.com observation, the poem has a simple diction with 3 stanzas of 4 lines each. Observing the poem with a layman's view, the poem has the theme of hope and longing for a change, the poem also possess the theme of sailing the sea and the theme of taking up responsibilies than waiting.

Looking

Analysis Of Locusts By Femi Osofisan

The poem Locusts by Femi Osofisan aimed at revealing how tiny disagreement open door for marauders, he referred to as "locusts" "parasites" "carrions".

Locusts are type of grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that fly in swarms and are very destructive to crops and vegetables. But Osofisan's locusts were more devilish in the sense that they lurked around waiting for opportunities to reap where they did not sow. He used the word "Locusts" to symbolize the Military and the
Missionaries; since they are the ones who laid the solid foundation for corruption in Nigeria.

According to the 4th stanza, the locusts symbolized exploiters in the nation, using the opportunity of chaos to acquire the mineral r

Monday, January 18, 2016

Analysis Of Virtue By George Herbert

This is a 4 stanza poem with 4 lines each. It has a rhyming end of ABAB CDCD. The dominating poetic device is imagery since the poets adopted a descriptive style to prove that most beautiful things on earth will not last forever.

The poem has the theme of mortality which shows that everything dies, the theme of nature which shows that every natural things hold a very high deg

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Plot And Themes Of Night Rain By John Pepper Clark

Plot:-

The poem talks about rain falling in the night and the effects of it on a small boy, the other brothers, the mother and the small improverished abode.

The boy wakes up not knowing the time as "no cock crow"

The rain starts falling hard. He takes into consideration the effects of this on his brothers who are advised to sleep on; on his mother who continuously shifts "her bins

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Analysis Of Day By William Morris

In this short poem of 4 lines, William Morris tried his best to examine "Day" briefly. He employed personification as a main device, by personifying Day:

"I am Day; I bring again
Life and glory, Love and pain:
Awake, arise! from death to death
Through me the World's tale quickeneth."

The poet shows that each day comes with ups and downs and the m

How Relevant Is The Title A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

The title of A Raisin in the Sun comes from the poem "Harlem: A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes (1951). Hughes was a prominent black poet during 1920s Harlem Renaissance in New York City, during which black artists of all kinds_ musicians, poets, writers_ gave innovative voices to their personal and cultural experiences. The Harlem Renaissance was a time of immense promise and hopefulness for black artists, as their efforts were noticed and applauded across the United States. In fact, the 1920s are known to history as the Jazz Age, since that musical form, created by a vanquard of black musicians, gained immense national popularity during the period and seemed to embody the exuberance and excitement of the decade. The Harlem Renaissance and the positive national response to the art it produced seemed to herald the possibilities of a new age of acceptance for blacks in America.

Langston Hughes was one of the brightest lights of the Harlem Renaissance, and his poems and essays celebrate black culture, creativity, and strength. However, Hughes wrote "Harlem" in 1951, twenty years after the Great Depression crushed the Harlem Renaissance and devastated black communities more terribly than any other group in the United States. In addition, the post-World War II years of 1950s were characterized by "white flight", in which whites fled the cities in favour of the rapidly growing suburbs. Blacks were often left behind in deteriorating cities, and were unwelcome in the suburbs. In a time of renewed prosperity, blacks were for the most part left behind. The poem reads:

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore_
And th

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Effects Of War On Children In The Dining Table By Gbanabom Hallowell

There are other posts about "The Dining Table" by Gbanabom Hallowell written in naijapoets.com but this post will be looking at the effects of war on children in The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell.

According to some records, it is said that the 11-year civil war of Sierra Leone (1991-2002) motivated Hallowell to write "The Dining Table". It is obvious in the poem that the war laid her painful hands on everybody (young and old).

The first obvious effect on the children is homelessness; homelessness gathered every age to the so-called “dinner table”; including the sleepless barefooted childre

Analysis Of Silence 2 By Remi Raji

Poet:-
Professor Remi Raji is a teacher of Literature at the Department of English Language, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Themes:-
The themes of the poem are (i) victimization (ii) silence (iii) destruction (iv) killing and torturing (v) pain and panic

Setting, style, and diction:-
(i) chaotic setting (ii) free verse (iii) simple diction aided by enjambment

Poetic devices:-
(i) symbolism in line 1 "Beast" (ii) metaphor in line 2-3 (iii) alliteration in line 7 (iv) simile in line 12 (v) metonym in line 13 (vi) irony in line 14 (vii) rhetorical question in line 16 (viii) run-on-lines in the poem (ix) repetitions of "who sings".

Plot/summary:-
The poem captures the total gagging of protests against arbitrary rule. The beast is a symbol of a tryrant ruler i.e Abacha.

Line 1-2: who prote

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Relate Vanity By Birago Diop To Our Contemporary Lives

Vanity by Birago Diop is a culturally inclined poem which admonished the readers with a pessimist tone because of the reoccuring cultural negligence. The poet was uncertain that his lamentation would resolve the issue "What heart will listen to our clamoring?" since no one paid attention even when the ancestors were lamenting: "When our Dead come with their Dead/ When they have spoken to us with their clumsy voices;/ Just as our ears were deaf".

Looking at our contemporary living, a whole lot has changed in the face of African culture. The acceptance of strange styles and the adoption of alien religions have almost painted the hair of African culture to grey making it so clos

Monday, January 4, 2016

Analysis Of The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

=> Independency
=> Ambition
=> Freedom
=> Resilience/self-esteem
=> Hope
=> Courage/discipline

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a motivational poem that aims at encouraging everyone to be true to self and be the best by prioritizing self. The poem opened some attributes to the readers which everyone must possess in order to live life at its best.

Before looking at those attributes, the major poetic device in the poem is repetition of phrases or clauses all through the 12 stanzas of the poem. "I want to know" "It doesnt interest me"

(1) Independency:
"I want to know
If you can be alone
With yourself
And if you truly like
The company you keep
In the empty moments"

(2) Ambition:
"I want to know
What you ache for
And if you dare to dream
Of meeti

Summary And Themes Of The School Boy By William Blake

The article in naijapoets.com on, Analysis of the School Boy by William Blake has discussed few of the poem's poetic devices. This post will be focusing on the summary and themes of the poem titled: The School Boy By William Blake.

The poet looks at nature and environment to favor the formal classroom learning. Taking the schoolboy as a case study, Blake explains that the boy learns better from nature and things around that pleasures him:

"I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fortunes Of The Rich And The Poor Are Linked In Homeless Not HopelessBy Sola Owonibi

The poor in the poem do not have homes. They live "under bridges". But they come to terms with their situation with equanimity. They see themselves as significant and playing a particularly active and useful role in the society.

By their situation, the poor rely on the rich for survival. But they work for their upkeep. They rise at daybreak and ply their trade and "beg for alms".

The curious thing about the occupation of the poor beggars is that it sustains the system. They are clear-eyed and fully aware that they form a "necessary part of your society". It is ironical, even paradoxical, that the rich should imagine that they are removed fr

Poem Homeless Not Hopeless By Sola Owonibi

The Poet:-
Sola Owonibi is a poet, playwright, who teaches literature at the Department of English Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Nigeria.

The Poem:-
HOMELESS NOT HOPELESS
We are the natives of the street
holed-up under bridges
we are necessary
we are part of our existence
major fragments of the globe
as the day chameleons to night
you slump in the warmth of your beds
and the heat of loved ones
we also embrace the cozy
cardboard beds laid on stinks
as the night injects us with cool breeze
and endurance.

We sleep and dream
And have conferences with
the indigenes of the elusive world
when it's day, in bundle
we pack our belongings
and move on with our days
standing, kneeling and bending
to beg for alms just for the day
necessary part of your society
translators of our dreams
carriers of our burdens
Angels, we open gates
Of your blessings
We are the lack
That take your lack
We are homeless not hopeless
This makes us rile at hereafter
when death opens the gate
to the second phase.

Copyright (c) Sola Owonibi
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