• Nature: Goddess of Africa
    . Okara worships her to revive the spirit of Africa, and the way he seemed to be doing it is by being more and more close to the nature. This closeness can be found in most of the poems of this African poet Gabriel Okara. The Mystic Drum, The Call of The River Nun, The Snow Flakes Sail Gently Down...
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  • Englo
    Poem Title: Piano and Drums Author: Gabriel Okara Country:  Bayelsa State, Nigeria.  When at break of day at a riverside I hear the jungle drums telegraphing the mystic rhythm, urgent, raw like bleeding flesh, speaking of primal youth and the beginning I see the...
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  • Piano and Drums Poem Analysis
    Commentary – Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara In Gabriel Okara’s poem, “Piano and Drums”, Okara expresses his feelings and thoughts of a primitive society in contrast to a western society. Being an African himself, and having studied in a western society, the poem reflects the confusion in his...
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  • Chinua Achebe
    Chinua Achebe and the Narrator from the poem “Piano and Drums” by Gabriel Okara. Nwoye and The Narrator are both conflicting with their native Ibo customs and the new Christian religion. Nwoye never really understood the Ibo traditions and customs. On Pg. 61 of the book Ikemefuna had...
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  • African Poetry
    pointed out, A shot in the arm of modern English Literature has had to come from West Africans like Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka and Gabriel Okara. (16) The role of poetry, in African literature, has been highly effective in providing the people with the needful inspiration and the necessary insight...
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  • Heart of Darkness
    , goes on an adventure through the Themes River telling the tale of a man as soulless and as compromised in his psyche as many other powerful people in the world at this time, Kurtz. In “The Hollow Men”, by T.S Elliot and in “Piano and Drums” by Gabriel Okara, the same ideas are expressed. Each work...
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  • Gabriel Okara
    Gabriel Okara General Comments - Once Upon a Time - Gabriel Okara This poem is appealing to young people because it condemns the hypocrisy of adults - hemmed in and constrained by rules and conventions - adopting masks for different occasions: for lying, cheating and betraying - whereas...
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  • Once Upon a Time Analysis
    Once Upon a Time', was written by Gabriel Okara, who is a Nigerian poet. He often explains what happens when a traditional African culture meets the forces of the Western way of life. I think the poem was written to outline the fake personalities of many people and to try and get them to return to...
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  • Once Upon a Time
    “Once upon a time” is a poem written by Gabriel Okara, a Nigerian poet. The Title is an interesting choice because, before a line of the poem is read, it links the poem to childish stories, fairy tales, that finish in a “happily ever after”, but there is always an obstacle, or you may call it a...
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  • Culture
    gap between the stranger and the African people in the pictures. In the African culture, the songs are used as a mode of communication. Melodies in African music are organized within a scale of four, five, six or seven tones. Common musical instruments used in African music are drums, slit gongs...
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  • Comparative Essay (A contemplation Upon flowers by Henry King and Once Upon A Time by Gabriel Okara)
     In the poems “Once upon a Time” by Gabriel Okara and “A Contemplation Upon Flowers” by Henry King, both speakers yearn for transformation and spiritual renewal of their minds. In the poem “A Contemplation Upon Flowers” by Henry King the...
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  • poem at thirty nine essay
    see his teeth and smile but his intentions are also insincere and dishonest. The poet Gabriel Okara uses this poem to convey his feelings about the loss of traditional African culture against western influences. The overall theme of this poem is about happier times gone past and hopes for...
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  • Sbdai
    workshops and presentations Cambridge English – Resources for teachers Contact us ← Men in slap – The Henry Brothers’ favourite facepainting The Tea Master and the Samurai – a Japanese folktale → Once Upon a Time – a poem by Gabriel Okara Posted on June 4, 2011 by The Henry Brothers...
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  • notes
    ONCE UPON A TIME-GABRIEL OKARA Gabriel Okara’s Once Upon A Time is about the artificiality of relationships and manners prevailing in the present day world. The past, according to the poet, is better than the present; because there were love, sincerity and faithfulness in the past. Now that in...
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  • Poetry
    . Toward the end of war, in 1865, Whitman met a streetcar conductor named Peter Doyle, who became his closest companion in Washington. Whitman's letters to Doyle were published in 1897 under the title CALAMUS by his first biographer, the Canadian progressive psychiatrist and mystic Richard Maurice...
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  • Analysis of Poems. Half Past Two
    frightened of himself and all that he has become. This forces him to confide these worries to his son, and asks for his assistance in bringing about a positive change in him. Negative Change -Gabriel Okara shows very well in the poem how, when people change, and adapt, it is not always positive. The once...
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  • Hardy
    in the mirror shows only my teeth like a snake’s bare fangs! So show me, son, how to laugh; show me how I used to laugh and smile once upon a time when I was like you. Gabriel Okara Who is talking in the poem? What assumptions can you make about the kind of life he has lived and his...
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  • Once Upon a Time-Reaction
    1. Background of the Literary Piece Once Upon A Time by Gabriel Okara The poem is written by Gabriel Okara, a Nigerian poet. He may have written the poem so that other people may understand how an African person deals with the western ideas. The poem is like a clash of cultures and how the...
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  • The Rich Kids
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  • A Contemplation Upon Flowers
    on our cycle called “life”. Once Upon a Time: Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara is a poem that brings to reality the changes that we must go through when growing up and maturing. He contrasts the innocence in life of a child to the complications and hypocricy that he now faces as a working adult...
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