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Here are few among the questions asked this week; other confidential questions asked by naijapoets visitors are intact and will forever remain confidential.
These questions are posted since they can be beneficial to anyone:-

(1) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- Whatz The Relationship Between Yaremi And Her Husband?

Naijapoets Replied:-
"The relationship between Yaremi and Ajumobi was marriage-like (similar to that of fresh romance) though the narration begins with the death of the husband but some instances I will briefly mention should reveal cordial and lovely relationship.

If the bond between Yaremi and her husband was not strong, she would have given in to one of her admirers before the "cap picking" whatever; she even went ahead and put all seeking her hand in marriage into public disgrace.

Yaremi maintained solitude and withstood humiliation because of her love for the husband; she felt that no other man can in any way fill the gap of Ajumobi.

It is also noted in the novel that Yaremi visits the grave of her husband and her long emersion in the memory of times spent with Ajumobi makes her shed tears for the demise of him."

(2) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- Discuss The Poem Tone And Mood Vis-à-vis Poetic Content

Naijapoets Replied:-
"It is the tone, to a certain level that determines the mood. The voice of Gabriel Okara through his choice of words looked recalling, judgemental, contrasting and indecisive. The first stanza holding the poet's memory of the past shows a recalling tone "in my mother's laps a suckling" then the judgemental aspect is in the context where the drums are said to be raw while the piano is complex. The poet's idea of juxtaposition denotes both contrasting and indecisive tone.

A man's choice is another's rejection which takes us to aspect of mood. The poem may invoke a varying mood from reader to reader. One can probably feel related in terms of the message regarding conflicting ideology (being an African in European dogmas). Even though the structure of the poem is not lyrical but the title and few words concerto, counterpoint, diminuendo, wailing-piano, drums etc are capable of placing a music lover in a music mood."

(3) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- What Is The Theme Of Destruction In Ambush By Gbemisola Adeoti

Naijapoets Replied:-
"The theme of destruction is similar to the theme of danger. In the theme of danger, virtually all the lines of the poem exemplified it. The poet made it known with the use of following words like “swallows”, “cries”, “snatch”, “tribulations”, “disaster” and created dreadful agents of death like “a giant whale”, “a sabre-toothed tiger”, “a giant hawk” to carry out fear and danger.
The dangerous animals are seen destroying the efforts of the land dwellers. The giant whale destroys the efforts the fishermen which is seen between line 1-5 of the poem."

(4) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- Analyse Gbanabom Hallowell's Dining Table

Naijapoets Replied:-
"(1) Poet:- "Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell is the author of a collection of poems, Hills of Temper. As a journalist in Freetown, he witnessed and chronicled the ten-year war which has influenced most of his poetry." (Biography quoted from sierra-leone-web.org)

(2) Denotation/ Subject matter:-
The poem is about a certain communal attack or civil war with led to destruction leaving the victims in the poem with injuries, homelessness, fear, vengeful hearts, etc.

(3) Themes:-
i. Negative effects of war
ii. Homelessness
iii. Political revolution
iv. Struggle for survival

(3) Language, Style and devices:-
Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell has a simple language. It is 3 stanza poem in free verse with a total of 26 lines. There are enjambments and imageries to spice the poem."

(5) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- How Are The Facts In Piano And Drums Compare To Our Modern Life?

Naijapoets Replied:-
"Lets view it this way. If you happen to have a rural background then peradventure by fate you find yourself in city where the happenings differ from that of your rural; at first you will probably be in a dilemma of which lifestyle to fully embrace (the past or the present). Such was the position Gabriel Okara found himself; in dilemma between the African culture and the western civilised culture.

Gabriel Okara symbolised the African culture with "drum" and the Western culture with "piano" because he felt the African culture is very simple while the Western culture is very complex.

Come to think of it, the village life (which exemplifies the primitive Africa) is as simple as grow into adulthood, have a wife and a farm to feed the family. On the contrary, the city life (which exemplifies the European culture) is complex with more than just having a farm and a family. You can draw references from the poem to support this headstart I have given."

(6) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- i need a concrete stanza by stanza explanation of the religious aspect in the poem.

Naijapoets Replied:-
"Your question seems ambiguous. Do you demand the stanzaic summary or how the poem relates to religion?

Stanzaic summary:-
Stanza 1 says the fear of aging increases by year. Stanza 2 says one is full of hope at twenty. Stanza 3 says the expectations began to wane. Stanza 3 says of long hours of working. Stanza 4, little or no result for those hard works. Stanza 5 except have children which is no big deal at all. Stanza 6 speaks of the uncertainty of having a long life. Stanza 7 says that the uncertainty further makes humans highly unsatisfied in comparison between all that has been achieved and yet those yet to be achieved.

Religious angle of the poem:-
If we allude to the bible, procreation according to Gen. 1:28 can be seen from line 21-23. Hard labour and life struggles according to Gen. 3:19 can be seen in lines 13-16. Mortality and death according to Ecc. 9:5 can be seen in 25-28, etc."

(7) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- Discuss The Theme Of Dilemma In African Worship In The Anvil And The Hammer

Naijapoets Replied:-
"It is the speaker's state of dilemma that led to the juxtaposition between past and present. Such tone of dilemma is very evident between line 9-14:
"The jargon of new dialectic come with the
Charisma of the perpetual search on the outlaw's hill
Sew the old days for us our fathers
That we can wear them under our new garment
After we have washed ourselves in
The whirlpool of the many rivers' estuary"

(8) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- What are the various significance of act one, scene one of the text" The blood of a stranger" by Dele Charley.

Naijapoets Replied:-
"The Blood of a Stranger by Dele Charley is about unscrupulous elders in Mandoland whose greed led to the glorification of a stranger's will over the deep rooted culture of the land.

It is true that the drama is a mockery of culture. The act one scene one is so relevant in that it lay the foundation for such mockery. In addition, act one scene one opened the door which led to the later tragic flaw of the dubious characters.

This is just a few point to prove the significances of the act one scene. With the hope that you have already read the book "The Blood Of A Stranger" by Dele Charley; in order to expatiate the two aforementioned significances, you need to draw excerpts from the book to support the points mentioned."

(9) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- Who is the author of the poem CALL OF THE RIVER NUN?

Naijapoets Replied:-
"The poem is a free verse composed in form of ode. Gabriel Okara the author or preferably the poet is a die hard fan of his background (riverine background) and even the poem like very many other poem of his point to Okara's root or origin."

(10) A Naijapoets Visitor Asked:- What is the tone of the poem Fulani creation story

Naijapoets Replied:-
"The Fulani Creation Story is like a folk myth about creation as implied by the context and the title of the poem. Where the god of creation is referred to as Doondari.

As not to re-narrate what is already known, the question as here is "what is the tone of the poem..."
The obvious tone of the poem is in a part AUTHORITATIVE and in a part INFORMATIVE.

Informative tone in the sense that the poet words are sequentially chosen to portray to unfold of events leading to life cycle of man (Fulani man) while authoritative with the use of words like "created" "defeated" which are used to portray supremacy."

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