African poetry

Analysis of Piano and Drums: Subject Matter, Themes and Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 10 minutes   Let’s analyze the poem, Piano and Drums, shall we? Piano and Drums Analyzed: Subject Matter, Themes and Poetic Devices The study guide you are about to read in this Literature tutorial will help you to better understand the subject matter, themes and poetic devices of the poem Piano and Drums by the Nigerian poet, …

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Ambush: A Poem by Gbemisola Adeoti

Reading Time: 1 minute Gbemisola Adeoti: Ambush 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 You may like: How to Boost Your Chances of Examination Success The land is a …

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Piano and Drums: A Poem by Gabriel Okara

Reading Time: 1 minute Gabriel Okara: Piano and Drums When at break of day at a riverside I hear jungle drums telegraphing the mystic rhythm, urgent, raw like bleeding flesh, speaking of primal youth and the beginning I see the panther ready to pounce, the leopard snarling about to leap and the hunters crouch with spears poised; And my …

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The Anvil and the Hammer: A Poem by Kofi Awoonor

Reading Time: 1 minute Kofi Awoonor: The Anvil and the Hammer Caught between the anvil and the hammer in the forging house of a new life Transforming the pangs that delivered me Into the joy of new songs The trappings of the past, tender and tenuous Woven with fibre and sisal and Washed in the blood of the goat …

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Vanity: A Poem by Birago Diop

Reading Time: 1 minute Birago Diop: Vanity If we tell, gently, gently, All that we shall one day have to tell, Who then will hear our voices without laughter, Sad, complaining voices of beggars, Who indeed will hear them without laughter? If we cry roughly of our torments, Ever increasing from the start of things, What eyes will watch …

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The Dining Table Analyzed: Subject Matter, Themes and Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 6 minutes   Let’s begin with a summary of the subject matter of the poem, The Dining Table, by the Sierra Leonean poet, Gbanabom Hallowell. We shall thereafter consider the themes and poetic devices in The Dining Table. Gbanabom Hallowell: The Dining Table Subject Matter The Dining Table is a short narrative poem that recollects the turbulent …

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The Dining Table: A Poem by Gbanabom Hallowell

Reading Time: 1 minute Gbanabom Hallowell: The Dining Table Dinner tonight comes with gun wounds. Our desert tongues lick the vegetable blood – the pepper strong enough to push scorpions up our heads. Guests look into the oceans of bowls as vegetables die on their tongues. The table that gathers us is an island where guerrillas walk the land …

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The Anvil and the Hammer Analyzed: Subject Matter,Themes and Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 7 minutes   This tutorial is an in-depth analysis of The Anvil and the Hammer, a poem by the Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor. We are going to look at the poetic devices and themes in the poem, The Anvil and the Hammer. I will show you possible questions and answer points on The Anvil and the Hammer. …

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Ambush Analyzed: Subject Matter, Themes and Poetic Devices

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hello. We are about to do a thorough analysis of the poem, Ambush. Ambush is a poem written by Gbemisola Adeoti, a Nigerian poet. This analysis of the poem Ambush is expected to enable any student of African Literature, and African Poetry for that matter, to get a clear understanding of the subject matter of …

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