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Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Sun Rising by John Donne

Literary Analysis (Summary)

The Sun Rising by John Donne is a metaphysical poem written in dramatic monologue. It’s based on conceit. Conceit, in literature, is an elaborate metaphor in which the poet depicts an imaginative image, especially for comparison. This could be seen in this poem as the poet-persona compares the sun with love, with the intention of undermining the power of the sun and bolstering love. In other words, he raises the power of love above the sun.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Myopia by Syl Cheney Coker

                                       Literary Analysis (Summary)

The Sierra Leoneans after independence had foreseen a brighter day ahead having gained freedom from the exploitation of the colonial masters after years of servitude. They looked forward to a classless and flourishing nation of their dream. After the attainment of independence, their very own political elites and nationalist who fought for the realization of self-government were voted into power with the hope of a turnaround in their fortune. But their high hopes for an egalitarian and prosperous society were shattered and they became disillusioned.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Give Me the Minstrel Seat- Traditional Poem

Literary Analysis (Summary)

This is a traditional Swahili poem from Kenya that is centered on companionship. As social beings, one is not expected to live a life of solitude. No one is an island. We are meant to interact or develop an interpersonal relationship with one another. This poem casts light on companionship in the basic areas of human life, starting with companionship in marriage.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

End of the War by Okinba Launko

Literary Analysis (Summary)

The poem reflects on the irony of life and the foolishness of war. The first three lines give an indication that there is no end to war. The end of a war marks the beginning of a new war. Wars have been a part of human existence since creation. It has come to stay as an institution in humanity. Okinba Launko, in this poem, asserts that war cannot end. It is a continuous and integral part of life. As one ends, another begins. In other words, war breeds war. “Our war has ended/because war is now with us.” (Lines 8 & 9)