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Monday, 20 March 2017

Myopia By Syl Cheney Coker



The poem catches the peasant harrowing, pathetic And pathos condition in our society, but this is not so with the political class.  There is a big game between the peasants who are wretched and poor and those in political positions who are wealthy. The word "Myopia" means short sightedness, which is the inability to see things clearly.

• In the first stanza, the poet captured the dejection and frustration of peasant in our society.  They are always drenched on a raining morning. The peasant who are shivering and emaciated walk along the beautiful wild street, unhappy, uncomfortable, and dejected.

• In the second stanza, the poet persona compares his mind to railway track where, trains of anguish run on.  This means that the peasants mind are full of worry, anguish and pain because they are suffering.

• In the last stanza, the poetic persona is distressed about the situation of things in his country,  He therefore calls for revolution against the political class who are the architect of their problems.

 POETIC DEVICES 

1.  REPETITION : Boulevard is repeated in line five (5) and six (6
(I) HANGING is repeated in line eighteen (18) and nineteen (19)
(II) NOT BY IT NECK NOT BY IT BUT BY IT HEART SEEN IN IT GREAT BETRAYAL

2. METAPHOR
(I) Are railway tracks in my heart
(II) The rice pads of this
(III) Are putrid marshland in my soul

3. SYMBOLISM
(I) Mountain represents Sierra Leone
(II) Madness represents neglect and corruption

4.  STRUCTURE
The poem has twenty-one (21) lines,  it is divided into three (3) stanzas.
Stanza one gives a graphic picture of peasants, while stanza two describes the cause of peasants predicament which is as a result of neglect of their national monument.  Stanza three prescribes a revolution as the only remedy to end corruption and neglect in Sierra Leone




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