"Piano And Drums" By Gabriel Okara.

597 words - 2 pages

Among many contemporary poets, Gabriel Okara makes his stand as one of the most influential Nigerian lyricists. Okara speaks of the same impressions of the controversial novelist Chinua Achebe. In the poem "Piano and Drums," Gabriel Okara shows the contrasts between the past life and the modern world. Some aspects in his poem date back before the beginning of civilization. In this essay I will reflect on Okara's concepts and visions.The poem is effectively written in Verse Libre or free verse. This allows Okara to freely express his thoughts without any restrictions in rhyme or rhythm, yet the poem inhibits a powerful rhythm. This technique gives a lyric type tone to the poem, aiming on the reflection of the speaker's experiences and how different and complex life has become. From "...simple paths with no innovation..." formed with "...the naked warmth of hurrying feet..." contrasting strongly with the modern day "...complex ways...," this reiterates the title's strong contrast, piano's and drums. So by using no distinctive rhyme or rhythm, Okara creates a monologue lyric reflective on the speaker's experiences and visions.In the poem, there is a strong contrast between the symbols shown in the title. The drums, representing metaphorically ancient native life; simple yet solid, some of the perspectives date back to earlier times before the acts of civilization but most importantly European imperialism. The drums have a "...mystic rhythm..." having an unrehearsed, "...urgent, raw..." sense to their powerful simple, basic beat as opposed to the piano. The poem metaphorically symbolises the Western World but more specifically the European race. This statement is created because of the complexity of the instrument; an individual must possess some sort of knowledge. The speaker describes...

Find Another Essay On "Piano and Drums" by Gabriel Okara.

Poems, Hide and seek and Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara Share a Theme of Childhood

1166 words - 5 pages Upon A Time’, written by Gabriel Okara, is a poem in which the writer reminisces about a time when people we’re more sincere and more authentic about themselves and the way they treated others, he speaks cynically about the present time, and begs for the past. Gabriel Okara in this poem feels people have lost their innocence and openness, that he now see’s in his son; he wants to regain that innocence and openness that he once had as a child

Comparing A Painting By Fra Filippo Lippi And Dante Gabriel

1187 words - 5 pages Comparing a painting by Fra Filippo Lippi and Dante Gabriel Rossetti      The two pictures are Rosetti’s Ecce Ancilla Domini and Lippi’s Annunciation. Both of the artists were influenced by their age. Lippi lived in Italy between 1406 and 1469 and Rosetti from 1828 to 1882.     Lippi’s background of Italian Renaissance determined his style to a large extent. In Florence where Lippi lived the

"Of Love and Other Demons", by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1189 words - 5 pages Love is a sacred thing, yet also a terrible demon. Without love we can't survive. When people give one another love it gives them strength and confidence in themselves. Of Love and Other Demons, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is about a twelve-year-old girl, Sierva Maria, who has the absence of love. She is bitten by a dog and is thought to be possessed. She is sent to a convent where Father Cayetano is her exorcist. The entire novel leads up to the

Pride and Dignity in No One Writes to the Colonel, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

986 words - 4 pages In a state of martial law one individual does not have much to say. This statement holds true in the novel, No One Writes to the Colonel, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The author discusses the political climate of one man, the Colonel, who after fighting to create the government in power is being controlled by the bureaucracy. A corrupt government can ruin a man, sap his will, and drive him mindless with hunger; although times are hard the

Critical Comparison of the Content and Literary Devices Used in Bon Voyage, Mr. President by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Perplexing Simplicity of a

1468 words - 6 pages Critical Comparison of the Content and Literary Devices Used in Bon Voyage, Mr. President by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Perplexing Simplicity of a Lack of Nothing Bon Voyage, Mr President is a short story written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This is a tale of a South American President in exile. Nearing the end of his days, we are given an insight into the life of a man with injured pride, reminiscing the days that went

Role of Fate in 'The House of the Spirits' by Isabel Allende and 'The Chronicles of a Death Foretold'by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1503 words - 6 pages Chronicles of a Death Foretold' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.On the first insight into the 'The House of the Spirits,' it clearly shows that the characters are suffering from the twists and turns of fate which is the result of their own actions while in the murder mystery of Gabriel García Marquez, 'The Chronicles of a Death Foretold' the whole town needs to be blamed for the Santiago's murder. However a much deeper insight connects both these

The ways in which the names of the following characters illuminate their roles in the text: John, Roy, Gabriel, Elizabeth, and Elisha in the novel "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by Ernest Gaines

1213 words - 5 pages , Elizabeth, Roy, and Elisha all are some form of biblical allusion. John, Elisha, Elizabeth, and Gabriel are all names of profound people in the Living Word. The name Roy has its own significance to the Holy Bible, a significance which has to do will hope and a great ministry.John turns 14 on the morning the story begins. Both attracted and repulsed by the church, his father, and everything his father represents, John is anguished and deeply confused

The portrayal of women in the novels "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Marquez and "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende

1430 words - 6 pages important role in this predominantly catholic area. The role of women as portrayed by the church was somewhat of a paradox, simultaneously acknowledging and praising women for the gift of child bearing and yet depicting them as the root of all sin, as the temptress inducing thoughts of fornication as well as causing the original sin, that being Adam eating the fruit in the 'Garden of Eden'.Despite Marquez's well documented anticlericalism this idea in

"A good man is hard to find" by Flannery O'Connor and "A very old man with enormous wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

649 words - 3 pages catches wind that this couple is holding an angel captive, and by the next morning their little shack is filled with people from all over. The wife gets the idea of charging people to look at the angel, and they get abundantly rich off of him. After a while, the crowd starts to dissipate and the couple was left alone again. As years passed, they pay no attention to the angel until one day the wife saw him flying away. And the only feeling she could

HOW DO THE POETS PORTRAY A POIGNANT SENSE OF LOSS IN ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’, ‘PIANO’, ‘MOTHER IN A REFUGEE CAMP’ AND THREE OTHER POEMS?

2969 words - 12 pages A loss is defined as a feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something of value (quoted from oxforddictionaries.com). Everyday we experience a loss of one kind or another. It could be the loss of time, the loss of memory, or just the loss of personal belongings. However, these losses are very minor and don’t affect us in a significant way. Many works of literature explore this feeling. In the poems ‘Once Upon a Time’ by Gabriel Okara and

Many poems explore the idea of hopelessness. To what extent do the poems you have studied create a sense of hopelessness?

1618 words - 6 pages be a father and son, in which the father truly wishes to learn from his son how the people or "they", "used to laugh with their hearts". This again leaves the reader a sense of how hopeless the father turned into as a consequence of how the society works and functions.Moreover, in 'Once Upon a Time', Okara explores more broadly and deeply, the loss of cultural identity and the genuine human emotional connection. Gabriel Okara describes these

Similar Essays

Culture In Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

1027 words - 4 pages Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara In the poem “Piano and Drums” the poet Gabriel Okara depicts and contrasts two different cultures through symbolism of pianos and drums. The Poem is divided into four stanzas. The first two stanzas represent the “drum” culture and the second two stanzas show the “piano” culture. The description of the drums is in two stanzas, but is one sentence long. The first line of the first stanza

"Piano And Drums" By Gabriel Okara And "Rising Five" By Norman Nicholson

709 words - 3 pages The two poems, "Rising five" by Norman Nicholson and "Piano and Drums" by Gabriel Okara share many of the same base themes through the use of language techniques. Both these poems are to do with life and yet both looked at different parts of it. They each used similar language techniques but for different reasons. They both use metaphors and imagery to emphasise their pointsIn both "Rising five" and "Piano and Drums" metaphors are used to link

"Piano And Drums" Drums By Gabriel Okara: Discuss The Following Poem, Commenting In Particular On The Ways In Which The Narrator Responds To The Two Kinds Of Music

1163 words - 5 pages view of the two kinds of music as again two separate identities.To conclude, Piano and Drums is effectively used by the author Gabriel Okara as a way of expressing the difficulties presented to him and his people as they go through a change in their society by the arrival of others. He makes the audience contemplate a view on society through another man's eyes with startling results, which causes them to appreciate the difficulties in such a drastic change in a way of life.

How Does Okara In "Piano And Drums" Respond To The Two Types Of Different Music And Instruments?

989 words - 4 pages In the poem "Piano and Drums" the narrator: Gabriel Okara, responds to the two types of music and instrument; Piano and drums differently. His response to the drums is that of excitement and youthfulness, however, his response to the piano is of unfamiliarity. Okara shows his two different attitudes through his choice of diction, rhythm, metaphors and symbolism.The choice of diction used to describe the drums and piano creates a strong emphasis