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Analysis Of A Taxi Driver On His Death By Timothy Wangusa

Timothy Wangusa is a Ugandan poet and novelist born 1942, according to wikipedia, "Wangusa is an ethnic Mumasaaba, born in Bugisu, in eastern Uganda. He studied English at Makerere University where he later served on faculty, and the University of Leeds (UK). He wrote his MA and PhD on British and African poetry, respectively.
Wangusa started working at Makerere University in 1969. He was appointed as Professor in 1981."

His poem, A Taxi Driver On His Death, is a self-reflection poem. It reflected the inner worries of the poem speaker (the taxi driver) who anticipated that sooner or later, the cab he drove which he called a docile elaborate horse, will one day revolt and bury him under its metallic body.

The poem speaker further explained that he wasn't risking his life because of the passengers (he didn't even know them), or for proprietor's gain, or for self love.
He was filled with the guilt of defying the safe traffic rule and even foresaw the reaction of sympathizers when his cab accident finally happened:
"Risking everything for little more
They shall say, I know, who pick up my bones
Poor chap, another victim to the ruthless machines
Concealing my blood under the metal".

A Taxi Driver On His Death, is a poem void of specific rhyme or rhythm, it has a complaining voice in a worry mood. Some of the figures of speech in the poem are metaphorical symbolisms "prophetic eye" "metallic monster" "docile elaborate horse" and the existence of anaphora in the poem; "Nor for proprietor's gain/ Nor for love of my own" there is alliteration "cold cell" "Shall surely revolt" "That in silence seems to simmer and strain"

The poem has the themes of anticipation, insinuation, judgement and guilt. This is because the poem speaker anticipated what probably might happen and how it would happen, he then judge himself as being guilty for his negligence and crossing the safe traffic limit.


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

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