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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Theme Of Frustrated Dreams In Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti

Relate the title of the poem ambush to the theme of frustrated dream WAEC MAY/JUNE 2017
To answer this question, we must shed light on the title of the poem, then explain the theme of frustrated dream before relating the title and the theme. To start with the title, The title symbolized the various unfair acts perpetrated by “the land” using the giant whale, the giant hawk, the sabre-toothed tiger.

“The land“ frustrated the dwellers ambition hopelessly and deceitfully. “The land” in the poem “Ambush” by Gbemisola Adeoti is symbolized by the poet to paint the clear picture of frustration witnessed by the dwellers. From line 1-7, “the land” was compared to a giant whale denying the fishermen of the fishes they ought to catch by swallowing “the sinker with hook, line and bait”. In every human endeavor, there is always a target for success and the fishermen in the poem exemplified such by aiming at certain number of fish to be caught at the end of their expedition; to their utmost chagrin the giant whale frustrated their targeted success and made them returned home empty handed.
“The land is a giant whale
that swallows the sinker,
with hook, line and bait
aborting dreams of a good catch
fishers turn home at dusk
blue peter on empty ships
all Peters with petered out desires.”

The poet solidified the wicked intention of “the land” at the extreme of the poem by making sure the people don’t escape its torments. “The land” is patient and determined to see her desire and wish translated into reality. The land in this way caused people a hell of frustration by undermining their fulfillment and their way out which is the “shore of possible”. It lied patiently ahead awaiting in ambush and this expression best relate the title of the poem at the surface.
“The land lies patiently ahead
Awaiting in ambush
Those who point away from a direction
where nothing happens

toward the shore of possible.”

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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