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Gbemisola Adeoti And Hard Lines

In this post, naijapoets.com tends to speak of the writing style of Gbemisola Adeoti, using the poem "Hard Lines" as a yardstick.

It is now evident that Gbemisola Adeoti is a poet of justice. Most of his poems, not excluding Hard Lines, are always nailing the matter of injustice in the head.

Lovely focus and good motivational spirit as a poet. Poets are missioned to better the lives of people through poetry and the style of Gbemisola Adeoti has been yielding positive attentions; most of his poems (Ambush, Hard Lines, etc) are very awesome.

[Check The Poem Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti]

No matter how perfect a poem can be, it will possess some shortcomings. "Hard Lines", for instance, has a well planned first and second stanza which contained metaphor followed by simile followed by imagery:

"Some lines are bitter pills
Hard to swallow with laughter
Like a tongue licking a weeping sore
To douse embers of thirst

Some lines are moistened rock
Hard on the tongue
Like a breakfast of toad
Spiced with roasted cockroaches
Mixed with mucus and urine."
(line 1 and 5 are metaphor, line
3 and 7 are simile, line 4, 8, 9)

The third and the last stanzas were absolutely different. Didn't follow the pattern of stanza 1 and 2. In an attempt to craft hard lines within the rest stanzas of the poem, Gbemisola Adeoti created fallacious lines:

"...As lion's fiery tales turn fairy tales
In sporting grips of goats
While elegies are sung with glee
Heralding birth and christening
Bones spring in eggs, horns on chicks
Hooves on ducks, feathers on foxed..."

What is Fallacy?
Fallacy is the use of invalid or otherwise faulty reasoning or "wrong word" in the construction of an argument. Fallacy and Pathetic fallacy should not be mistaken if each other.

It's no dispute that those fallacious lines added beauty to the poem but the title of the poem: "Hard Lines" does not relate to the message of deceitfulness portayed in the poem.

CONTINUE READING>>>

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

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