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The Tether Will Suffer The Wear And The Tear

NOTE: “The tether will suffer the wear and the tear” is a handsome funny poem written by Akoli Penoukou; a Togolese teacher, poet and businessman born 1953. Akoli has been a motivator and mentor to many adults and youths (both home and abroad) with writings and way of life_ not excluding his alluring smile. It […]

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Connotation And Denotation Of Futility By Wilfred Owen

Futility happens to be a poem written by Wilfred Owen, English poet and soldier who was born in March 18, 1893 at Oswestry, Shropshire England but died in November 4, 1918 at Sambre Oise Canal France. Owen was said to have started poetry at the age of 17, today, he’s still remembered for his beautiful […]

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Common Poetry Questions And Answers

1.) The genre of literature that focuses more on the use of lines and verses is called POETRY. 2.) When a poet intentionally omits word(s) in a poem, it is called ELLIPSIS 3.) The way or manner a poet has decided to put across his message is called STYLE 4.) A poem of sorrow and […]

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Kwame Ataapim

Kwame Ataapim was born in famine:He lost his parents before his birth;He lost his sight before he could see;He lost his teeth before he could bite;He lost his feet before he could walk. Kwame Ataapim was born in war:He stood on the rock and split it apart;He tugged at the rope and tore it in […]

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They Walked And Talked (composed by Prof. Uche Okeke)

They talked and walked,walked and talked and talked_talkative homing dames;mothers, grandmothers, all homing,returning from a distant martbaskets on heads, words on lips_gossip or talk tales of folks at home. They clapped their hands;they screamed from time to time;they moved their heads in most expressive ways_their hands spoke even louder than their tongues_as they swept like […]

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What Makes A Good Poet?

My interest is really in this could it be a hairy person or master of Shakespearean words? Must he know the life in prison like Chris Abani for instance or the famous white bearded man? Maybe complexity makes a good poet or maybe the master of imagery? My interest is in what makes a good […]

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John Pepper Clarke’s Agbor Dancer

(“Agbor Dancer” J. P. Clark) by Obodokasi E Agbor See her caught in the throb of a drumTippling from hide-brimmed stemDown lineal veins to ancestral coreOpening out her supple tanLimbs like fresh foliage in the sun. See how entangled in the magic maze of musicIn trance she treads the intricatePattern rippling crest after crestTo meet […]

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Poetic Devices In Salute To The Elephant By Solomon Adeboye Babalola

The poem Salute To The Elephant was a Yoruba oral poem translated to English by Professor Solomon Adeboye Babalola (17/12/1926 – 15/12/2008). He was a professor at the University Of Lagos and among other things, he was for his love for ìjálá (hunters’ song). Since this post aims at revealing the poetic devices in the […]

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Fascination In The Poem Stanley Meets Mutesa

The Fascination: Fascination In The Poem Stanley Meet Mutesa by David Rubadiri The Poem: Such a time of it they had;The heat of the dayThe chill of the nightAnd the mosquitoes that followed.Such was the time andThey bound for a kingdom.The thin weary line of carriesWith tattered dirty rags to cover their backs;The battered bulky […]

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