Once upon a time – Gabriel Okara: Poem Analysis

Type: Dramatic Monologue Background Written by Gabriel Okara Addressed from a father to his son in a relatively straightforward style Father is dismayed by the insincere forms of communication developed Wants his son to “unlearn” these false ways The poem is about people changing, becoming falser and more untrustworthy; also influence of Western values on…

Sonnet 116 – William Shakespeare: Poem Analysis

Theme: Love & Loyalty Type: Sonnet Background Shakespeare is Britain’s most famous poet/playwright Sonnet suggests that love is forever -this didn’t conform with the idea of the time – instead of obedience/subservience it focuses on faithfulness, forgiveness and equality Language Compares (simile) love to the North Star – eternal and unchanging Paradox – he says…