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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Slow And Steady by Olugboyega Alaba

Slow and steady
They say wins the race
Haste
They say does make waste!
To haste into life's pleasure

Does not guarantee celeb
To live humble
Does not haste death.
Whichever path a being has chosen
God own the supreme say

Let us work with humility
For our work reward to become ours.
What good is the labour
When death has come before reward?
An alien enjoys such reward.

What good is an engagement
When death has come before the wedding?
An alien enjoys such a bride.
A child is born
The dad is gone

A scavenger child might become.
Slow and steady here on earth
Can only conquer haste and waste.

Copyright © Olugboyega Alaba (translator:- Samuel C. Enunwa)

Modern Nursery Song By Frank Parkes

Little bird, little bird
Can I come along with you?
I like the smoothness of your flight
I'd love to come with you
And in your warm and cosy nest
Play with your little ones.

Little child, little child
My poor wings are not that strong
I'd love to fly you to my nest
And give you nuts and sweet, sweet things
But I'll take along your love so warm
To my wee feathery ones

O huge bird, shining bird
Can I come along with you?
I like the brightness of your wing
I'd love to fly with you
And on the sunny sands to play
With sun-beams on the surf

Get you gone, silly one
I can't waste my time on you
My eyes watch out for bigger fry
With power in their purse
There's a big, black owl will bear you free
To where wee demons play

Little owl, mushroom owl
Can I come along with you?

Copyright © Frank Parkes

NOTE:-
Frank Kobina Parkes was born in Ghana in 1932 but died on 23 May 2004 as a Ghanaian journalist, broadcaster and poet. His grandfather was a West Indian, his father a Sierra Leonean and his mother a Fanti. He was educated in Sierra Leone and Ghana. He was the author of one book, Songs from the Wilderness (University of London Press, 1965), but is widely anthologised and is perhaps best known for his poem "African Heaven".

London By A. S. J. Tessimond

I am the city of two divided cities
Where the eyes of rich and poor collide and wonder;
Where the beggar's voice is low and unexpectant,
And in clubs the feet of the servants are soft on the carpet
And the world's wind scarcely stirs the leaves of The Times.

I am the reticent, the private city,
The city of lovers hiding wrapped in shadows,
The city of people sitting and talking quietly
Beyond shut doors and walls as thick as a century,
People who laugh too little and too loudly,
Whose tears fall inward, flowing back to the heart.

I am the city whose fog will fall like a finger gently
Erasing the anger and angles, the strident indecorous gesture,
Whose dusk will come like tact, like a change in the conversation,
Violet and indigo, with strings of lemon streetlamps
Casting their pools into the pools of rain
As the notes of the piano are cast from the top-floor window
Into the square that is always Sunday afternoon.

Copyright © A. S. J. Tessimond

NOTE:- The poem is a descriptive one, describing London. The fractions, the people's behavior, the common things found around are all talked about with the use of good imageries and similes.

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond aka A.S.J. Tessimond was an English poet born in Birkenhead, 19 July 1902 but died in Chelsea, London 13 May 1962.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Analysis Of The Woodman And His Dog By William Cowper

The Woodman And His Dog by William Cowper is a 17 lines poem about a lonely England Woodman whose most noticed companion was his dog. The Woodman, according to Cowper was going to his routine job of cutting and splitting forest woods, on a snowy day with his dog; he did not care for any cheerful visit of family, friends or neighbors: "Forth goes the woodman, leaving unconcerned/ The cheerful haunts of man, to wield the axe/ And drive the wedge in yonder forest drear" (line 1-3)

The woodman's dog was described as shaggy and lean and shrewd. The woodman liked his dog so much that the barking of his dog did annoy him; he even cleaned his dog's nose and more.

The Poet:-
The English poet, William Cowper, was 26-11-1731 but died 25-04-1800. His love for Christian hymns in his later years made him a hymnodist (after b

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Analysis Of Night In Senegal By Leopold S. Senghor

"Night in Senegal" by Leopold S. Senghor is a masterpiece often described as one of the greatest poems ever to have been written by an African. The superb imagery alone shows the poet's genius. Its publication in 1945 was a foundation stone in the history of negritude. The poem is as romantic as another of his poem titled "I Will Pronounce Your Name" by Leopold S. Senghor. Night In Senegal is simply about a lover seeking a romantic from his female love during a very silent night period in Senegal. The poem speaker used beautiful poetic devices to portray a nightly romantic scenes.
There are more use of imageries in the poem than other poetic devices; "soothing hands" in line 1, "rhythmic silence" in line 5. Enjambment is also used by the poet; "tellers of tales/ Droop" "voices of our/ Forbears". Alliteration in line 2 "scarcely sway" in line 11 "singers cease their song". Personification in line 9 "The tired moon dips to her bed in the ocean" in line 14 "Roof-tops gleam through the dark". Rhetorical question in line 14 "What are they whispering to the stars?"

For ease of understanding, "lullaby" in line 4 mea

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Plot Of On His Blindness By John Milton

It's a great joy to have "On His Blindness" by John Milton in naijapoets.com; one of the well loved European classic poem. John Milton is known to be Biblical with most of his poems like "Paradise Lost" "Lycidias" and "On His Blindness" is no exception.

The introduction to the poem is more personal than general; speaking of the current condition of the poet. John Milton became blind at the middle age of forty eight years old and his worries were expressed in the poem:
"When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,"

The poem speaks of how Milton devotes first half of his life to scholarly works; writing. he claims that he wish part of those early years and talent were channeled towards serving his Maker:
"And that one Talent which is death
to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my
Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker...."

He then worries that since he has become blind and less effective in his duties towards man and God that God won't be happy with him: "My true account, lest he returning
chide;"

In his worries his always wonder whether God truly cares if someone serves on earth or not then suddenly he got a reply that assures that God doesn't care whether someone works for him or uses his talent to serve because God already has countless numbers of servants all over the lands and oceans:
"Doth God exact day-labour, light
denied?"
I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God
doth not need
Either man's w

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Two Look At Two By Robert Frost; The Summary

Two Look At Two by Robert Frost is a love-family-relationship poem. The poem begins with first three lines suggesting that if the couples in question, still cherished love, sacrifices and the heart to forget spouse wrong actions, they might have been able to press a little further in their matrimonial journey:
"Love and forgetting might have carried them
A little further up the mountain side
With night so near, but not much further up"(line 1-3)

“They must have halted soon in any case
With thoughts of a path back, how rough it was
With rock and washout, and unsafe in darkness;
When they were halted by a tumbled wall
With barbed-wire binding.”

The quoted lines above suggest that at a point in most love
relationship, couples take a break when faced with a very difficult situation even thinking of letting go of such relationship but few other lines in the poem explain that the journey of a love
relationship is like treading a very dark path at night; where the journey has been very rough and

Analysis Of Ours To Plough Not To Plunder By Niyi Osundare

Denotation
Ours To Plough, Not To Plunder by Niyi Osundare is an agricultural poem using the rewards found in planting and harvesting as the reasons to encourage people to embrace farming. Based on natural phenomenon and the words of the poet, farming is a very useful investment. The poet or the poem speaker is of the faith that people's engagement in agriculture and farming will divert their attentions from wrong implementations of the huge material rewards the Lord God have kept in the soil for humans benefit.

Connotation
The poem has the following theme: (1) the God's treasure in the soil (2) the benefits of farming to humans (3) humans' choice to use or waste

The stanzaic structure of the poem is a free verse of unequal stanzas. The poet was preoccupied with the need for people to embrace farming, so he used the third person point of view in expressing his feelings.

The poem very evident poetic devices in the poem are repetition, alliteration, ant

Friday, March 25, 2016

Structure Of The Schoolboy By William Blake

The Schoolboy by William Blake is a poem with a very simple structure where the first stanza is caved to show the schoolboy's love for natural education. The second and third stanza which are equally five lines each like the first stanza, show the cold reaction of the schoolboy towards formal education:
"But to go to scho

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Analysis Of Bound By Ingrid Anderson

Bound by Ingrid Anderson is a self reflection poem about the poet's destiny. The short two stanza poem shows that human destiny in life is a thing to gratefully embrace than struggle against and end up with "bruising hands, twist by twist" (line 6)

Naijapoets.com believes that the poem is metaphorical. The poet's life and existence are compared to a bind pulled by two opposing forces; where the poet's naivety makes her struggle in stanza 1 only to suffer the pain of battling fate to later surrender to the tension (the forces pulling her side-by-side) because they are "unthinkable/ irresistible/ inevitable".

There are poetic terms like imagery "white-knuckled" repetition "this life, this sel

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Structure Of Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

In order to understand the themes of the poem check Themes Of Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara

The structure of the poem shows that
, it is a well planned poem. Like a narrative essay, the poem opened with an introduction describing the major concern of the poet and closed with a perfect conclusion. The poem was divided into stanzas to show where one view ends and where another begins. The last stanza was a perfect conclusion.

The poem is a free verse because of the ways the lines and stanzas were structured; void of rhyming pattern.

The first stanza had eight lines (using druming sound and rural activities to show the poet past way of life, the second stanza had eight lines describing what the effects of remembering the past was to the poet, stanza three had nine lines and that was where piano was described in the poem, stanza four had four lines

Friday, March 4, 2016

8 Metaphors In The Anvil And The Hammer By Kofi Awoonor

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.

(4) outlaw is used i

Death As A Limitation To Human Existence In The Poems "The Pulley" ByGeorge Herbert And "Crossing The Bar" By Alfred Tennyson

Examine death as a limitation to human existence in the poem "Crossing The Bar" by Alfred Tennyson and "The Pulley" by George Herbert.

The Pulley is a poem about God and the making of man. God made man and granted him everything needed for his living the earth including pleasure but used death as a deadline to his existence.

Crossing The Bar is a poem about the warning as regards the reactions of the loved ones when the poet in question, finally embark on the journey from earth to heaven; through the vessel of death to be with God.

In both poems, God and death are present; and death was shown to messenger of God, the Supreme.
In the poem Crossing The Bar, "the bar" symbolized death while the whole of stanza 1 of The Pulley revealed the mortality in man since placing all riche
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