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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Use Of Imagery In We Have Come Home By Lenrie Peters

Let go down the memory lane, when the title of this post was one those questions you had to answer in a certain WAEC/ WASSCE examination you sat for. No matter what you responses were on that day, below is the opinion of Unique SSCE Past Questions And Answers:-

"The poem records the poet's impression of his homeland on his return. The prevailing mood of the poet is one of disappointment and unfulfillment as he struggles to adjust to the grim realities of life in his homeland. The situation is presented through several images.

There is the image of the warrior who goes to war in anticipation of returning with captives as proof of success or victory. This image illustrates the plight of the African student who travels oversees to engage in rigorous studies, "bloodless wars" and anticipates a return home with certificates

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Discuss Oswald Mtshali's Use Of Language To Bring Out The Horrors OfThe Night In "Nightfall In Soweto"

This is a reference to a WAEC WASSCE 1999 Question and Answer.
According to answer series:- The poet makes use of words like "dreaded" in line 2, "ravaging" in line 5, "marauding" in line 21, to paint the picture of total destruction and devastation. "Seeping" in line 3 indicates how the tension and fear generated by the nightfall spreads and affects every home and person. The word "slaughtered" in line 11 is appropriately used in the poem to suggest the idea that man's value has been totally degraded to a level of beast's. Thus the idea that "man has become beast" corroborates the fear that man is being slaughtered without regard.
There is the use of irony in the sense that night, which is supposed to be most desired as a period of rest, meditation and recuperation has now turned to a period of restlessness, strife, war, chaos, fear and death. As a result, the poet prefers daytime to nighttime.
Through effective use of similes and metaphorical expressions, poet succeeded in drawing similarities between nightfall and wilderness, horror, death, fear, etc. "he barks like a rabid dog/ tasty for my blood", his state of helplessness is conveyed through a string of metaphors. "I am the prey/ I am the quarry to be run down/ by the marauding beast..."
In the poem, nightfall is personified as a terrible, horrible, and sadisti

Monday, April 25, 2016

Simple Analysis Of A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal By Williams Wordsworth


THE SUBJECT MATTER: A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal by Williams Wordsworth relates to the feeling of shock and numbness experienced by the poet at the death of Lucy as well as his feeling of loss. From the context of the poem, Wordsworth believes that Lucy has gone to live another life; he believes that he now lives with nature, rocks, stones, trees, etc.
THE THEMES: We shall mention few of the themes in the poem which the first one is immortality; Williams Wordsworth immortalized Lucy by stating that she lives in nature after her physical death. The second theme to mention is the theme of lose through death and the sorrows that follow. The death of Lucy left the poet so shallow and in great pain to the extent that he had to resolve to euphemize her death to a mere geographical relocation. The third theme is nature. Apart from the fact that concept of Lucy's death gave the poem a sense of reality, the images of nature and natural things added to it.
THE LANGUAGE AND STYLE: Descriptions and statements are made in very plain manner. The language of the poem is very simple. "Slumber" is used in the sense of inactivity referring to the shock or dazed condition of the poet . "Divinal" referred to Lucy's everlasting union with earth in its daily routi

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Toast By Remi Raji

******Toast (for Adesolape)******

my love for you is like the moon's
in its fullest smile above
the supple sea and skin of earth
my love is the rainbow's true grin
beyond iced dessert of empty passion
and when waters of doubt
well up in your wavering eyes
when your heart is a halo of hesitant lights
Queen of my heart, I shall come
possessed like the glorious knight
quivering songs against your secret fears
at once I'll be your king and spade
and all thoughts of you robed
in garnished syllables of golden words.

Copyright © Prof. Remi Raji

********Summary**********

[HAVE YOU READ Analysis Of Silence 2 By Remi Raji]

This 14-line poem is truly a prove that all 14-line poem are not sonnets. It conta

Friday, April 15, 2016

Analysis Of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

The title of the poem make people think at first that the poem is a love romantic one but the poem is said to be written about the poet's dying father, who die in the year 1952.

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
The first stanza advises the abstract aged one possibly listening not to go gentle into their night (their death). He believes that old age is supposed to be full of fun. So he suggests they should rage and rage against their dying light (their liveliness)

"Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night."
Looking at the second stanza, it means to say that the wise ones have realized that death is inevitable so they pleasured all they could from their aging than solitude in past memories.

"Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light"
Stanza three says that even the virtuous of been who has died wished they had lived their old age better than they did.

"Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night."
Stanza four says that the "wild men" who found out in their late hours burst into sorrow of not realizing earlier, so he warns the readers not to make the same mistake.

"Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
The stanza says that those very old, "near death" can still be very pl

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Discuss The Theme Of Change In Second Coming By W B Yeats

W. B. Yeats with full name as (William Butler Yeats; 13/06/1865 – 28/01/1939) was an Irish poet born in Sandymount, Ireland. He wrote the powem "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" you may view the analysis IN THE WEBSITE .

To discuss the theme of change in "Second Coming" by W. B. Yeats, it must be understood that the poem is a religious poetry about the Christians philosophy of Jesus Christ and his prophetic return to save the world by warring the forces of evil. The poem has not only the theme of change; other themes evident are war, apocalypse, anarchy, etc.

The second stanza of the poem proves that what is been witnessed is a turn of a table (the end of an era for the start of a new one). The sphinx-like crea

Friday, April 8, 2016

Analysis Of Is My Team Ploughing By A E Housman

Analysis of "Is My Team Ploughing" by A. E. Housman from the naijapoets.com perspective. According to wikipedia, "Alfred Edward Housman 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad." The poem "Is My Team Ploughing" touched the following aspects of human lives which are friendship, career, leisure, and love. The poem through its questions and answers took the form of a dialogue between the dead man and his friend (the poem speak). Few among the ways a dialogue of this nature can happen are through imagination, vision or dream. The context of the poem didn't give the readers the exact clue of where the dialogue took place between the living friend and his dead friend.

The m has 8 interesting stanzas of 4 lines per sta

Analysis Of Do Not Go Violent Into That Night By Remi Raji

Professor Remi Raji wrote this poem in marking of World AIDS day which is on the 1st December. The whole five unequal stanza poem aims to warm or caution against unsafe and unprotected love making which "night" in the poem symbolizes. The first stanza of the poem describes how someone can become a victim of AIDS through kiss and switching off the light to engage in an unsafe intercourse. The second stanza speaks of where someone can become a victim of unsafe love making. In stanza three, Prof. Remi Raji used few rhetorical questions to describe the negative effects of unsafe lusty intercourse which are death and orphanage. The stanza four reveals who the victim can be; the person without doesn't place regards to all AIDS orientation and the person who doesn't have self control over lusting and the person who is an absurd infidel. The stanza five is a two line repetition, telling the readers of the poem that it is a very strong warning.

Judging by the title of the poem, naijapoets.com believes that structure of the poem is motivated by the famous poem of Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) titled: "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night". If you so wish, you can view the naijapoets Analysis Of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

Remi Raji wrote this poem with a tone of admonition through a second person point of view. The diction is very easy except for the many use of metaphors and similes. Few of the poetic devices found in the poem are repetition "Do not go..." Similes in lines 4, 20, 26. Allusion in line 18. Allitera

Thursday, April 7, 2016

At Day-Close In November By Thomas Hardy

Poem:-
The ten hours' light is abating
And a late bird wings across
Where the pines like waltzers waiting
Give their black heads a toss.

Beech leaves, that yellow the noon-time,
Float past like specks in the eye;
I see every tree in my June time,
And now they obscure the sky.

And the children who ramble through here
Conceive that there never has been
A time when no tall trees grew here,
That none will in time be seen.

Copyright by © Thomas Hardy 1840-1928 [all right reserved]

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Brief Review Of I Will Pronounce Your Name By Leopold S. Senghor

According to the post at afrilingual blog, "Very few lyric poems are filled with so much self-indulgence. Senghor is deliriously and starry-eyed, singing the praise of a lady he names as Naett. It is important to read Senghor’s poetry with Negritude themes as many commentators have likened Naett to Africa, to whom he writes this letter from France. To declaim someone (line 1) is to mention their name theatrically, poetically. Well, this is a poem. So in mentioning her name, Senghor says “Naett” dreamily as one who is totally consumed. Undisplaced, his love for Africa was as strong.
From lines 2-8, Senghor likens the name Naett to a host of natural breath-takers. Mind that he is not even praising the lady herself yet but only her name. In line 2, her name is like cinnamon, an aromatic spice and fragrance. He is a lover of the savannah, the African plains, and to him, her name is like it (line 4) when the African midday sun causes it to blossom. Her name is compared to dew (line 5), that early morning remnant of night mist and also to the short dusk (line 6), very welcome respite from the heat of day. Her name evokes power, as of a dry tornado (line 7) and inspires him to confess his love for blackness, something that Western literature is mute on. He calls her shining coal, my night (line 8): strange references for beauty. Does night entice? B

Analysis Of Two Lovers By George Eliot

In this poem, George Eliot was so preoccupied with how most of the true love relationship begins and ends by showing six different phases to it. She used a third person point of view and her tone was so full delight and emphasis.

Within the space of a six stanza poem, George Eliot narrated the different phases of a true love relationship. Each stanza is structured to carry six lines where the first four lines of verse/stanza are tetrameter while the last two lines of each verse/stanza are dimeter.

The first stanza of the poem speaks of how two lovebirds begin their love relationship: "Two lovers by a moss-grown spring/They leaned soft cheeks together there" (line 1-2) The second stanza is about how their love relationship has led to wedding. The third stanza is about their honeymoon and sexual union: "Two faces o'er a cradle bent/ Two hands above the head were locked/ These pressed each other while they rocked". The fourth and the fifth stanza show that the two lovers have become a father. The sixth, which is the last stanza of the poem talks about how the two lovers have finally become aged couples; left with the memory of their love's genesis.

The poem has the theme of love; in the sense that love led the two young lovers in a marital relationship of a lifetime. The theme of time; in the sense that time made the two lovers witnessed varying stages in their love relationship.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sans Teeth Sans Eyes Sans Taste Sans Everything

"Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste,
sans everything." William Shakespeare (last line of the poem:- All The World's A Stage)

"'All the world's a stage " is the
phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII." (according to Wikipedia)

The last line of the poem is so richly endowed in the fact that many flavors are kept within for those with keen literary eyes to see.

The repetition holds more message and vivid image of an aged person than expected and that's why the poem is the mo
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