Contrast Between Vanity By Birago Diop And Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara
Vanity by Birago Diop and Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara.
The few differences are as follows:
(1) "Vanity" centers on African cultural neglect while "Piano and
Drums" focuses on the Mixture of African culture with strange ones.
(2) "Vanity" is composed by a Senegalese poet named Birago Diop while
"Piano and Drums" is written by a Nigerian poet named Gabriel Okara.
(3) "Vanity" by Birago Diop is a 6 stanza poem with repetition and
rhetorical question as its major poetic devices while "Piano and
Drums" by Gabriel Okara is 4 stanza poem with imagery and symbolism as
its major poetic devices.
(4) "Vanity" is written in a lamentational way:
"And since we did not understand our dead
Since we have never listened to their cries
If we weep gently gently
If we cry roughly of our clamorings
What ear to our sobbing hearts?"
(according to the last stanza of the poem).
While "Piano and Drums" is written in a narrative way:
"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 crouching with spears poised;"
(according to the first stanza of the poem).
(5) The poet in "Vanity" is advocating or intervening for the
ancestors while the poet in "Piano and Drums" is self-reflecting.
(6) The poem "Vanity" by Birago Diop makes use of first person plural
"we" in most of the lines while the poem "Piano and Drums" by Gabriel
Okara makes use of first person singular "I" in most of the lines.
(7) There is the theme of disobedience in the poem "Vanity" but the
poem "Piano and Drums" has the theme of dilemma.
Now read the similaries between both poems