• the mystic drum
    Massachusetts Boston ScholarWorks at UMass Boston Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series Africana Studies 1-1-2011 ‘The Mystic Drum’: Critical Commentary on Gabriel Okara’s Love Lyrics Chukwuma Azuonye University of Massachusetts Boston, chukwuma.azuonye@umb.edu Follow this and additional...
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  • Nature: Goddess of Africa
    standing behind a tree With leaves around her waist She only smiled with a shake of her head.”--- Okara recites his view of the spirit of Africa as a form of the Nature Goddess in the poem The Mystic Drum. Okara worships her to revive the spirit of Africa, and the way he seemed to be doing it is by being...
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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 panther...
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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 emotions...
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  • Chinua Achebe
    conflicts exist all the time , this is shown from Nwoye in Things Fall Apart by 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...
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  • African Poetry
    Srinivasa Iyengar 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...
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  • Heart of Darkness
    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 presents different ideas and perspectives on how exactly people are affected by what is going on...
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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 childhood...
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  • Culture
    African music are drums, slit gongs, double-bells, rattles, harps, musical hows, xylophone, flutes and trumpets. Drums are particularly popular which explains the use of several different types of drums like - tama talking drums, bougarabou, djembe, water drums and the ngoma drums. African Languages:...
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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 speaker...
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  • Once Upon a Time
    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 “bad guy”. Okara starts of the...
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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 a...
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  • poem at thirty nine essay
    dishonesty. This suggests that when he laughs you 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...
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  • Poetry
    the title CALAMUS by his first biographer, the Canadian progressive psychiatrist and mystic Richard Maurice Bucke. The war had its effect on the writer, which is shown in the poems published under the title of DRUM-TAPS (1865). In its companion volume, SEQUEL (1865-66), appeared the great elegy on President...
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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 the...
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  • Sbdai
    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 This is a poem by the Nigerian poet Gabriel Okara, in which he laments the lost innocence of youth. In it he condemns the hypocrisy of adults –...
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  • Hardy
    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 present circumstances? What kind of person...
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  • Analysis of Poems. Half Past Two
    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 enthusiastic and friendly society of Africa now...
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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 speaker...
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  • Jordan
    Once Upon A Time Review “Once upon a time” by Gabriel Okara this poem is about a parent is talking to his/her son and telling him how things used to be. The parent tells the son that people used to be sincere, but are now superficial and seek only to take from others. The persona tells the...
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