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Analysis Of The Dry Season By Kwesi Brew

The Dry Season by Kwesi Brew is a very beautiful descriptive poetry. The poet uses simple language for the reader to understand. The setting of the poem is Africa. The poem is 3 stanzas with 6 lines each. There are alliterations in line 1 "withering; the wind" in line 7 "are tall and tinted" in line 14 "begin to burn", in line 18 "little life" there is a metaphor in line 1 "The year is withering", anaphora occurs in line 5-6, line 11-12, line 17-18, there are repetition of words like "leaves", "soon", "fires", "hare", "year". A deliberate run-on-line occurs from line 1 to line 2. Imageries in line 6 "the half-bare tree", in line 8 "straw-gold hue of dryness"

The themes of the poem are:
(1) The dry season is the sign of an ending year
(2) Dryness is susceptible to fire

According to the keen observation of, the first stanza speaks of the relevance of the dry season to the folding of each year; "The year is withering". Brew further explains the reflections of the dry season on tree, man, dry winds, dusty roads, straw-gold grasses. The common aftermath of the excessive dryness is explained in stanza 3; there will be bush burning, hawks gather the thick smoke, hares dashed out of the fire chased by hunters' dogs, etc:
"And soon, soon the fires,
The fires will begin to burn,
The hawk will flutter and turn
On its wings and swoop for the mouse,
The dogs will run for the hare,
The hare for its little life."

Kwesi Brew (Osborne Henry) from 1928 to 2007 is a Ghanaian poet placed under the guardianship of a British education officer, K. J. Dickens after the death of his parents.


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

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