Piano and Drums is a Gabriel Okara's poem where he used his past childhood village experience as a yardstick while comparing African culture to his present complex civilized way of life. This is the reason why the poem's title: Piano and Drums can also mean Past and Present or African and Civilization. Before the coming of the Europeans, Africans have possessed drums as an instrument of musical melody but the piano came to Africa as a result of the Whiteman's presence in Africa.
Okara tried to prove that African life was simple by using a musical instrument that is easy to understand while proving the complexity of European lifestyle by using complex musical instrument; piano.
The poem is a typical example of a free verse and words like primal in line 5 means early or beginning, innovations in line 13 means new customs, tear-furrowed concerto in line 19 means a very sad piece of music in which one instrument stands out above the others: the piano stands out here. Coaxing in …
Following the review we got from naijapoets.com the poem Vanity by Birago Dip is also a culture related poem. It speak of African believe in the dead. The poet realized that African are beginning to ignore the relevance of their ancestor, so he used the poem as medium of reminding them of the ancestral importance.
This post will make a list of the poetic terms or poetic devices found in Vanity by Birago Dip:
(1) Imagery: "sad complaining voices of beggars" in line 4 is an imagery describing the voices of the people. Another imagery is found in line 14.
(2) Metaphor: "plaintive throats" in line 14 is a metaphor. Line 4 and line 9 also have a metaphor.
(3) Rhetorical Question: "What eyes will watch our large mouth?" in line 8 is a rhetorical question. There are also rhetorical questions in line 5, 10, 11, 14, 30.
(4) Alliteration: "gently gently" in line 1 is an alliteration. Others are in line 8, 15, 22.
QUESTION:- Discuss The Blood Of A Stranger by Dele Charley as a tragedy [NECO June/July 2016]
ANSWER:- The Blood Of A Stranger by Dele Charley is truly a tragedy. The drama is about a foreigner (Whitehead) and his subordinate (Parker) who came into Mandoland to exploit them of their undiscovered diamonds. At a certain level Whitehead and his corrupt fellow villagers (Maligu, Soko, etc) appeared to be heroes of the people of Mandoland but at the end, catastrophe struck and nemesis befell all the evildoers in Mandoland.
A tragedy is a drama or similar work, in which the main character is brought to ruin or otherwise made to suffers the extreme consequences of some tragic flaws or weakness of character. In most tragic dramas, the following factors are common: selfish hero in disguise, ignorance, deceitfulness, pity and fear, betrayal, death or loss (downfall).
Starting with the first factor, the people of Mando thought Maligu, Whitehead, Solo, etc; were their true hero. They thought they had …