Q and A: The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta


As a symbol marital success and fulfillment, Ibuza community places a lot of importance on ______

(Option A) Childbirth


As a novel that typifies the Igbo African tradition, infertility and harshness is a huge subject that mostly develops stigmatization and segregation; therefore, a woman is incomplete without child.

In The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta, the women of Ibuza community were seen shouldering the heavy necessity of motherhood at all cost.

[ALSO READ:- My Mother In Her 90s by Ama Ata Aidoo]

The Joys of Motherhood is a feminist novel written by Buchi Emecheta, a Nigerian author born 21st of July, 1944. Before her death in the year 2017, she has had many novels to her name; such as The Bride Price.
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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
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Analysis of The Vagabond by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Poet

In the month of November 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the recorded birth in Edinburgh, Scotland. He grew up to become a very notable poet and essayist with loads of literary contributions.

Stevenson is the poet that crafted this life and nature related poem titled “The Vagabond”.

The Review

It is classed under nature because its events are nature oriented. In terms of the lonely living in the bush, by the river, constant singing birds, frosty fields, etc.

The poem narrates the life of someone in hopelessness; such person is called vagabond. The reward is none than heaven and death.

The Themes

The poem is themed with (1) suffering; the vagabond suffered the burn of the sun and the chill of frosty field coupled with lack of healthy living by depending on forest rivers to digest his bread (2) nature; the poem exposed the beauty and companionship of nature even to a castaway or a soul left in the lurch. The rivers quenched the vagabond’s thirst while the birds delighted his solitude. (3) fortune; the poet or rather voice of the poem indirectly listed the things that worth fortune to humans which are wealth, health, love, friendship, etc. (4) heaven; it held ambiguity between actual eternal dwellings and the blue sky above the vagabond. (5) death; in the poem, it is the only reward for being a vagabond_ nothing more.

The poem “The Vagabond” by Robert Louis Stevenson is a rhyme verse of 4 stanzas with 8 lines each. In the poem “life I love” seen in line 1 is an alliteration while “Bed in the bush with stars to see” as found in line 5 is an imagery portraying homelessness. There is an oxymoron in line 9 “soon or later” and a hyperbole in line 6 “Bread I dip in the river”.

The poem opened with “Give to me the life I love/ Let the lave go by me”. There is an element of irony in such opening which contrary to universally known great expectations every living being aim at. “…the life I love” in the poem implied the life of a vagabond (homelessness) which is a very horrible life.

Stanzaic Summary

In stanza 2, the vagabond seemed to delight himself in the darkness of the night synonymous to the darkness he will encounter in death. Wealth, hope, love, friendship; were never part of his wishes or crazes.

In stanza 3, he accepted the inevitable torture of the autumn which denied him songs from birds by keeping them silent on trees. Neither the autumn nor the winter could force him to change his personality. The stanza 4 is a refrain of stanza 2.

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Enunwa Chukwudinma S.
aka samueldpoetry

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Prove That The Proud King By William Morris Is A Narrative Poem

The Proud King by William Morris has a total of 849 line which is way more longer than Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which is merely 625 lines in total. William Morris’ attempt to give a detailed account of Jovinian’s err and repentance led to such mammoth number of lines. Prove That The Proud King By William Morris Is A Narrative Poem

Healthy Traffic Is Best For Websites And Why

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The magic to those gigantic figures are high exposure of a website. Yes, a connection to a huge networks of websites will surely deliver millions of hits to a site; the good news is that such traffics can also be a targeted ones from diverse geographical locations.

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There are loads of organization in the business of buying and selling website traffic, unfortunately, few are as reliable as they always promised to be. In term of customer service response, payment refund, valuable delivery, etc. Based on personal experience, I kind of recommend this platform to buy reliable website traffic.

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Analysis of The Continent That Lies Within Us by Abioseh Nicol

The Continent That Lies Within Us otherwise called The Meaning Of Africa is a poem written by Abioseh Nicol, a Sierra Leonean poet. Africa is personified in the first verse of the poem leaving Abioseh Nicol with the opportunity to confess to Africa as if a Catholic confessing to a Reverend Father. The poet told Africa that he now got a perfect picture of her. He also confessed he had now realized that the freedom he naively seek for her in the far oversea, the continent already had it more abundant.

Similar to the poem “Dry Your Tears Africa” by Bernard Daddie, Abioseh Nicol also exhausted the whole second stanza of the poem listing the abundant blessings his brain could contain about Africa [the poem will be seen below_ at the end of this article]

According to the poet, every human being is from Africa. When a person visits Africa and strolls the African bushes, one will reunite his/her ancestral spirits. Not only that, the names of African cities, as said by the poet, typified freedom: “Whose very names hold promise_/
Dakar, Bathurst, Cotonou,/ Lagos, Accra, and Bissau;/ Monrovia, Freetown, Libreville,/ Freedom is really in the mind.”

“Happiness, contentment, fulfilment,
And a small bird singing on a mango tree” are the true meaning of Africa.

Structurally, the poem lacks a named rhyme and rhythm though stanzaic, the stanzas lack uniformity as well. The poet used many ellipses to prove that not all thoughts were exposed. Personification was mentioned at the inception of this article but not the only common literary devices in the poem, there was an instance of simile where palm tree was likened to a woman “The palm trees standing like tall, proud, moral women”. Imageries as in “secret imperial guilt” “a vision euphemistic” “short twilight dwindling”

More the poem’s diction, below are the explanation of few words:
In line 6, Alien: foreign. The poet’s reference to an “alien platform” implies a speaker’s platform (in the United Kingdom) from which the views and opinions of those not belonging to the same country, government or religion may be expressed without fear.
In line 9, A vision euphemistic: something seen by the “inner eye” which takes on an illusion of perfection rarely to be found outside of dreams: an exile’s idealistic memory of his homeland.
In line 13, East End: a poor part of London.
In line 39, Go for bush: a West African expression meaning to go into the countryside or rural areas.
In line 41, Mute: not speaking.

The Continent That Lies Within Us
(The Meaning of Africa)

Africa, you were once just a name to me,
But now you lie before me with sombre green challenge
To that loud faith for freedom (life more abundant)
Which we once professed, shouting
Into the silent, listening microphone;
Or, on an alien platform, to a sea
Of white, perplexed faces, troubled
With secret Imperial guilt; shouting
Of you with a vision euphemistic
As you always appear
To your lonely sons on distant shores…
(Then in my wistful exile’s mind
The dusty East End lane would vanish
In a grey mental mist, leaving behind
A warm, shimmering image of you.)

The hibiscus Blooming in shameless scarlet,
And the Bougainvillea in mauve passion
Entwining itself around strong branches;
The palm trees standing like tall, proud, moral women,
Shaking their plaited locks against
The cool, suggestive evening breeze;
The short twilight dwindling;
The white, full moon turning its round gladness
Towards the swept open space
Among the trees; there will be
Dancing there tonight, and in my brimming heart
Plenty of love and laughter….

…Now I am back

Loving the sophistication of your brave new cities
Whose very names hold promise_
Dakar, Bathurst, Cotonou,
Lagos, Accra, and Bissau;
Monrovia, Freetown, Libreville,
Freedom is really in the mind.

Go up country, so they say,
To see the real Africa;
For whoever you may be,
That is where you come from;
Go for bush, inside the bush,
There you’ll find your hidden heart,
Your mute, ancestral spirit…

…I know now that is what you are, Africa:
Happiness, contentment, and fulfilment,
And a small bird singing on a mango tree.
Copyright © Abioseh Nicol

The name, Abioseh Nicol, is the pen-name. The poet is a Sierra Leonean author and broadcaster with the Margaret Wrong Prize and Medal for Literature in Africa in 1952. He once lived in the United Kingdom where he had his university education.
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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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Loser Of Everything By David Diop (The Summary)


Loser of Everything by David Diop is not an exception. Based on the context of the poem, the poem-speaker speaks of the recollection of his freedom, innocence or liberty; when his hut was worth a palace to him, his loving wives adored him, his children were satisfied and free and skilled out of monotony to swim rivers with dangerous depths. The poem speaker also recollected how his fishing career was not questioned by any authority except common predators (the crocodiles). Their moon dances accompanied by melodious drum beats were part of the pleasures they enjoyed until suddenly they were enslaved and his story began to roll in opposite direction; his wives were forcefully taken by the… Read Complete Summary Of Loser Of Everything By David Diop