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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Ambassadors of Poverty by Philip Umeh

Literary Analysis (Summary)

Africa has long been bedevilled by poor leadership. So many years after independence, the continent’s biggest problem still lies with leadership. Africans agitated for self-government from their colonial masters, which they got with the hope of a promising future devoid of foreign interference. But years after, African nationals are yet to enjoy the dividends of independence.
Ambassadors of Poverty is a satirical poem that ridicules and captures with extra dimension the nature of bad leadership in Africa as a whole and Nigeria in particular. The poem aims at different set of people whose actions and inaction have contributed in plunging the continent into economic misery. These are the citizens whose roles in one way or the other have compounded the rate of poverty in the country. They are the leaders whose corruptible and bad governance have led to poor economic growth.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Homeless not Hopeless by Sola Owonibi

Literary Analysis (Summary)

This simple poem by Sola Owonibi focuses on homeless people, their plight and significance in the society. In every society, there are people of different societal strata. We have the upper, middle and lower classes. The poet’s Nigerian society is not egalitarian. We have the rich and the poor. In such a society, there is always a chasm between the poor and the rich. On a universal scale, the privileged and the underprivileged have no meeting point.

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Literary Analysis (Summary)

In earlier versions, Daffodils is titled “I wondered lonely as a cloud”, which is the first line of the poem. This lyrical poem is William Wordsworth’s most famous poem. It is also a romantic poem that appreciates the beauty of nature. The work of nature being appreciated in this poem is daffodils, a tall yellow spring flower with tube-shaped part in the middle.

The Fence by Lenrie Peters

Literary Analysis (Summary)

The Fence is an African poem that meditates on the internal moral conflict human beings are burdened with when faced with making a decisive choice between what is good and what is bad. For someone to sit on the fence at that crucial stage, it implies one is avoiding taking sides or making a specific decision. This is Lenrie Peters’ central preoccupation. The poet is deeply troubled with the indecisive and neutral stance of major stakeholders in the society in times of making the right decisions that would better the lots of the helpless masses. Lenrie Peters feels it is necessary for one to stay on a side in times of struggle. We should not maintain a posture of being neither here or there. One should not sit on the fence when policies are being made. Maintaining a neutral pose in critical times can only encourage more evil to be perpetrated.