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Few Among The Questions Naijapoets Visitors Have Been Asking

[QUESTION 1]
A naijapoets viewer asked:
"What is the meaning of blue peter?"

Admin Response to the question:
"If you rely on the phrase alone, you will miss the idea.

Im of the opinion that the "blue peter" means depressed fishermen. The word "peter" is part of the biblical allusion created by Gbemisola Adeoti between line 5-7 "fishers turn home at dusk/ blue peter on empty ships/ all Peters with petered out desires"'

[QUESTION 2]
A naijapoets viewer asked:
"Comment on blood of a stranger as a satires of culture"

Admin Response to the question:
"Probably if you have read the story, these points will be of assistance.

1) give a brief recap of the story
2) then talk about how people of Mando cherish their culture so dearly
3) talk about how the love of money made some of the characters in the drama go against their cultural believes
4) talk about how the trusted Soko was not as reliable as he seemed (he didn't sleep in the shrine at night, he gave false prophecies)
5) talk about how Kindo didn't regard the shrine as a sacred place
6) add other ideas that can back your opinion"

[QUESTION 3]
A naijapoets viewer asked:
"What is the literary appreciation of the poem ambush???"

Admin Response to the question:
"Speaking from an angle of a literature in English teacher I have to tell you that if you are asked to discuss the literary appreciation in Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti just state that the poem is about improper governance in certain place which the poet symbolized as "The Land" in the inception of most stanzas of the poem. Then you have to tell your examiner about the major points or messages of the poem which are "The Themes" the talk about the figures of speech in the poem (e.g metaphor, repetition, alliteration, etc)

The two links below should be of a very huge assist in fishing out the themes, figure of speech (also called poetic devices), the structure, etc in the poem Ambush by Gbemisola Adeoti:-

(Link 1) http://naijapoets.com/analysis-of-ambush-by-gbemisola-adeoti/classic-love-life/

(Link 2) http://naijapoets.com/3-major-poetic-devices-in-vanity-by-birago-diop/african-analysis"

[QUESTION 4]
A naijapoets viewer asked:
"What makes Birches a nature poem"

Admin Response to the question:
"Any poem that poem that glorifies natural things like vegetation, hill, tree, sea, weather, season, star, sun, etc are nature poem. Schoolboy by William Blake is a good example. Daffodils by William Wordsworth is a good example. Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a good example. Birches by Robert Frost is a good example.

Besides the fact that Robert Frost took time to describe the birch tree in the poem, he also made mention of many nature elements as "ice-storms" in line 5 and 22, "snow-crust" in line 11, "woods" in line 17, "Earth" in line 52, "cobwebs" in line 45, etc."

[QUESTION 5]
A naijapoets viewer asked:
"Examine the relationship between Wole Soyinka and Abiku and the arrangements between them"

Admin Response to the question:
"In an attempt to give personal opinionated answer to your question, Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian, the country where ethnicity and culture still maintain their long roots. Africa, not excluding Nigeria is a place where superstition can never end and one among such superstitions is the believe "abiku" a Yoruba name meaning the spirit child. Wole Soyinka could not separate himself from such believe because he's a Yoruba person.

As of the poem, Abiku speaks of himself as if yet known; to the extent, he considers mentioning those things that can appease him:
“Must I weep for goats and cowries
For palm oil and the sprinkled ash?
Yams do not sprout in amulets
To earth Abiku’s limbs.” (in stanza 2)

Abiku has a consistent personality and in such wise, the abiku concept can be compared to the adamant, persistent and consistent personality of Wole Soyinka in his chosen career field and other aspects of living.

These themes are evident in the poem to support the Abiku philosophy: (1) cultural believe (2) supernatural (3) pride (4) discontentment. The poem is of 8 stanzas with 4 lines each. It holds a rural setting with a boastful tone. The few poetic devices evident in the poem are rhetorical question in line 5-6, personification in line 23, an apostrophe in line 26, imagery in line 16, metaphor in line 13-14, run-on-line in line 10-11, repetition of Abiku, time, oil, etc.

If these thoughts of mine seem a little bit helpful to you, do endeavor to share naijapoets.com on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, whatsapp, etc. Always visit naijapoets.com to catch up with updates. Thanks Asking Something"

[QUESTION 6]
A naijapoets viewer asked:
"how does the poet exposes the effect of war in the dining table"

Admin Response to the question:
"You do agree that The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell is a war poem.
The following words taken from the poem show the effect of war (1) my boots are suddenly too reluctant to walk, (2) cholera breaks its spell on cracked lips, (3) my Nile, even without tributaries come lazy, (4) vegetables die in their tongue (5) switchblades in their eyes, (6) the spilt milk of the moon, (7) guests look into the oceans of bowls (8) gun wounds, (9) children from alphabeta.

If the question you ask was given to you as an assignment, you will first tell your teacher a brief background of the poet and briefly what the poem is about then follow by the 9 effect of war I have listed here. After you have done that, conclude you answer by telling you teacher that all the points listed are prove that the war had a very huge negative effect on the victims."

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