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Compare The Poems Piano And Drums And Telephone Conversation.

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Compare The Poems Piano And Drums And Telephone Conversation Piano and Drums is a poem in which an African male listens to firstly the sound of drums, which take him to a primal area with his mother and in a tribal atmosphere, then he listens to a piano and thinks forward to the future and a more complex way of living. Telephone conversation is a poem in which an African male wants to rent a flat from a white lady, who we find out through the poem is racist. Both of these poems have been written by Nigerian born poets, both of who were born and started their education in Nigeria. They both then moved from their homes in Nigeria to be educated in a more modernised English speaking country. In both poems, the writers have made an obvious divide in culture and race. ...read more.


when he hears the rhythmic beating of the bongo like drums. Yet when he hears the wailing piano he thinks of new horizons and uses much more complex language. Both of the poems bring out the ways in which people can make cultural and racial differences more acute. In one sense, the author in Piano and Drums (Gabriel Okara) is bringing out the different lifestyles in which he has lived and the different environments he has worked in. Yet in the second poem Telephone Conversation (Wole Soyinka) it is another person judging him and presuming he will be different because of the colour of his skin. In both poems the writers use a similar style of writing as they both use the style of almost listing the thoughts that are going through their heads. An example of this is when Gabriel Okara, in his poem writes: "walking simple paths with no innovations rugged, fashioned with the naked warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts" In these poems, though, I do think that there are some differences. ...read more.


In both of the poems, the writers manage to paint a very vivid picture in my head. I think that they are able to do this by using very distinctive words to describe the place they are in or going to. In the Piano and Drums, the description of the more native home is very clear as he uses such phrases as: "primal youth and the beginning, I see the panther ready to pounce," "Once I'm in my mother's laps a suckling" These words seem to give me a very clear image of what he is seeing. For example the word primal makes me imagine a very basic scene with no distractions or modern conveniences. In Telephone Conversation I got a very clear idea of the awkwardness that the author was feeling, and an almost nauseating claustrophobia of shock when the lady is so racist to him. An example of this is when he describes the un-clean nature of the phone box: "Stench Of rancid breath of public hide-and-speak. Red booth. Red pillar-box." Jack Field 11H 2 ...read more.

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