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The Dining Table is a war poem and the major theme of the poem can be referred to as THE EFFECTS OF CIVIL WAR OR COMMUNAL ATTACK.
From the major theme came the following factors or sub themes: (1)Loss of appetite, (2)Homelessness, (3)Abnormal alertness due to fear, (4)Undeniable fatigue and pain, etc

The poem speaker makes the readers to see how their dinner became undined due to "desert tongue" (loss of appetite) because of injuries and the way the peppery meal stings their tongues like a scorpion.

Homelessness gathered every age to the so-called "dinner table"; including the sleepless barefooted children with eyes so sharp and alert like switchblades and the effect of the war or sudden attack took away their peace and clipped their voices with silence.

As common to nights of every assaults, abnormal alertness backed by fear was evident in the poem because the people gathered in an unsecure place "where guerillas walk the land while crocodiles surf".

The poem speaker made the readers to realise how strong revenge was in his heart but the fatigue and pains the bullets have caused, made his/her revolutionary intention so impossible:
"Under the spilt
milk of the moon, I promise
to be a revolutionary, but my Nile, even
without tributaries come lazy
upon its own Nile."

[Have you read: Thematic Analysis Of Water By Philip Larkin]

It is evident that The Dining Table wasn't in any form enjoyable but this three stanza poem was flavored with personifications (my boots are suddenly too reluctant to walk, cholera breaks its spell on cracked lips, my Nile, even without tributaries come lazy, vegetables die in their tongue). Metaphors (switchblades in their eyes, the spilt milk of the moon, guests look into the oceans of bowls). Imageries (gun wounds, children from alphabeta, island where guerillas walk). Metonymy (my boot was used to represent the leg, cracked lips to represent sore mouths). Symbolism (my Nile symbolized a driving force, the table that gathered us symbolized situation).

What can be said about the structure of The Dining Table by Gbanabom Hallowell is that the poet carelessly arranged his lines to depict his unhappiness. He first used the point of view of the occasion, then in stanza three, spoke from his own point of view in order to show how preoccupied he was with the negative effects of war.
The poem is made up of 26 lines. The first stanza centres on what happens at the "dinner". It is not the normal dinner we are conversant with. This is a macabre type at which the major course of meal is blood and gun wounds. It is death site and the pain of death. The second stanza is an advancement on what happens at "the table". The final stanza speaks of the poet's feeling of revenge but his injuries have denied him of ability to revenge.

The Dining Table is a poem written by Gbanabom Hallowell It talked about where injured people were gathered at night to eat after during a civil war or a communal attack which was referred to as guerilla. They couldn't enjoy the dinner due to gun wounds and in their weary conditions, epidemics like cholera worsen their health causing death and making them lack the power to revenge.

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo in the sky enjoying the flight)

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