Uncover The Mystery Of The Title Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara
title: Piano And Drums by Gabriel Okara.
The title of the poem "Piano And Drums" by Gabriel Okara is an example
of symbolism. The "Piano" is a symbol of civilization or simply every
new culture or style or fashion (from the whites) that is adopted into
the African society. On the other hand, "Drums" is a symbol of pure
African culture and way of life that still exist amidst the Africans.
The consequence of the cultural mixture or rather put_ the effect of
the cultural conflict on the poet and on everyone living in this
present generation, is that everyone easily gets "lost in the morning
mist/ Of an age at a riverside keep/ wandering in the mystic rhythm/
Of jungle drums and the concerto" (stanza 4) which leaves everyone in
a state of dilemma and confusion.