This poem is analyzed using an African proverbial lens based upon reflections from the poem using, love, poverty, and patience. A proverb is a meaningful quote or statement that has an analytical meaning. The African Proverbs that are now commonly used were stolen by the white supremacy. In each paragraph the three key points, love, poverty, and patience are analyzed and referenced in regards to the poem, and African proverbs that correlate with each. Paragraph one talks about Love and its position in the world that is displayed in myriad different shapes and forms a manifestation. The Burundian proverb reflects that when love is a part of your life there are no hard times. Paragraph two reflects upon Poverty and how it has manifested throughout many third world countries. Throughout the world people have questioned how Africa; the land who obtains all of the resources, can be suffering from poverty. Paragraph three displays the essence of patience throughout the poem portrayed when the persona demonstrated patience, although her child was close to death. In which the persona in this poem expresses great emotion throughout the poem casting signs of love, hope, and strength.
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Achebe uses imagery to not only portray the genuine love the mother had for her child but how bad their situation is as well. A refugee refers to one who will escape from danger to protect themselves and the people they care about risking their own life at any cost. With the imagery given throughout the poem the readers are able to see this. Due to the circumstance they were were in the poem illustrates the struggle to attain motherhood in various ways which this essay will elaborate on.
Thank you sir. There's repetition of everything throughout the summary.. Chinua Achebe is a great Nigerian novelist poet and short story writer. It is a refugee camp somewhere in Africa. The poet gives us a realistic picture of a mother and her child. Hundreds of poor people are thrown out of their homes due to political disturbances or natural calamities. The refugees are in a miserable condition. There are innumerable mothers and children in the same miserable condition in the refugee camp. Their children are slowly dying of poverty and diseases.
Chinua Achebe was very well-known for his work on post-colonialism; his upbringing in southeastern Nigeria made his childhood a firsthand experience into the world of colonialism, and has fuelled such works as Things Fall Apart, the most well-known work of African literature today. Refugee Mother and Child is written in a very free-form kind of style. And yet, it flows extremely well as a poem. The language itself is what is poetic. To say that the beautiful image cannot touch the terrible one can be telling of a number of things. The continuation of the aforementioned line fills in the setting of them poem incredibly well. Each line brings on a new horror for the reader to contemplate, a horror that, for this mother, and for each child, is reality in its most real form. This is not true, we are told, for the mother who forms our central character. Ghostly imagery is used here — the ghost of a smile, the ghost of her pride — to show that the mother is still heavily affected by the need to not care, but still fights through for her son. The entirety of Refugee Mother and Child comes together in these last two verses, and there are a great many ways to interpret it, all of them very sad in nature.