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Friday, 19 May 2017

African Analysis: Symbolism In Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara

African Analysis: Symbolism In Piano And Drums By Gabriel Okara...

WAEC MAY/JUNE 2017: Discuss the use of symbolism in Okara's Piano and Drum.

Lets get deeper to it, based on Oxford dictionary, symbolism is to represent a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of
objects or qualities...

We need to understand that the cultural dilemma poem "Piano and Drums" by Gabriel Okara is a whole load of symbols; from the title to down the context.
As said in one of the posts in naijapoets about "Piano and Drums", the idea of cultural clash is the motivating or central message the poem passes to the readers.

The rural African background of the poem speaker was juxtaposed with the present western lifestyle in form of symbol; by placing the "Piano" and the "Drums" side-by-side. The poem speaker saw the drums simple but the piano very complex in his comparisons which brought about his cultural clash (since culture is defined as the lifestyle of a group of people or just even a person).

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