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5 Examples of the Use of Symbols in Amma Darko’s Novel, Faceless

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Here are five examples of how Amma Darko makes use of symbolism in her novel, Faceless. 1. The blue Rasta kiosk and the clean-shaven body of Baby T Amma Darko makes reference to the blue Rasta kiosk on several occasions as the place where Baby T’s clean-shaven body is found lying naked. In the …

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The Schoolboy: A Poem by William Blake

Reading Time: < 1 minute William Blake: The Schoolboy I love to rise in the summer morn, When the birds sing on every tree; The distant huntsman winds his horn, And the skylark sings with me. O! What sweet company. But to go to school in a summer morn, O! it drives all joy away; Under a cruel eye outworn. …

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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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6 Types of Imagery in Literature

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Imagery refers to the use of figurative or non-figurative language to present actions, objects or ideas in ways that appeal to our senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste. Such figures of speech as simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia and so on are the vehicle through which imagery is invoked. 1. Kinesthesia or Kinesthetic …

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The Meanings of 54 Literary Terms Associated with Prose

Reading Time: 7 minutes   Every serious Literature student should know the following literary terms and concepts specifically related to prose. PROSE: Prose is the ordinary non-metrical form of a written or spoken language. It is made up of narrative prose, scientific prose and emotive prose. NARRATIVE PROSE: Narrative prose describes things or events. Examples of narrative prose are …

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