Type: Dramatic Monologue

Can We Help with Your Assignment?

Let us do your homework! Professional writers in all subject areas are available and will meet your assignment deadline. Free proofreading and copy-editing included.

Background

  • Written by Gabriel Okara
  • Addressed from a father to his son in 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 African nations

Language

  • Repetition of words and phrases to emphasize the point and provides a way of contrasting different forms of an act – for example, laughter and shaking hands
  • Direct speech used to highlight contrast – feel at home and come again
  • The tone is one of regret – that he learned these false/insincere ways
  • Similes – “like a snake’s bare fangs” – showing that he doesn’t like what he sees
  • Compound words are with the “face” – “homeface, officeface” etc. – says he learned many faces and emphasizing the falseness around him
  • A theme of the poem is falseness and insincerity
  • Reference is made to crime and corruption
  • Alliteration contributes to the rhyme

Structure

  • Doesn’t have a regular rhyme scheme or metre
  • Rhythm is created by repetition of words and phrases
  • Alliteration also contributes to the rhythm – “goodbye” and “good ridence”
  • Regular sized verse – breaking the narrative sequence

guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments