Had the person been speaking face to face with the lady, this whole conversation would never have taken place. A detailed discussion of the influences that have shaped Soyinka's poetry, with particular attention to the marriage of tribal and modern qualities in the poems. It may be found in Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, edited by Thomas Arp and Greg Johnson, published by Thomson in 2006. His humiliation has its origin in his being a black no matter light or dark. The speaker at last brings himself to believe them. How is your skin color supposed to define who you are? But right before he declares his interest in renting the place, he mentions to the white lady that he is black.
Soyinka went along with the lady on the phone which shows how stupid people actually sound. It is a silence that is the consequence of her sophisticated upbringing. The beginning of the poem is on a serene note, there is no indication of the tension that follows later. Soyinka also uses it satirically in this context to show that the immigrant is deceiving himself. Throughout the whole poem, the poet used different techniques to show how Caucasian discriminated the dark. The talk between a dark and a white individual at once shows universal overtones. Soyinka was arrested by the Nigerian authorities in October 1967.
Spectroscopic is derived from spectrum meaning range. From the word 'indifferent', the landlady seems not too aware who her house is rented to, however, she does aware. Stench Of rancid breath of public hide-and-speak. By making the speaker actually seem sorry for his skin color, Soyinka shows how ridiculous it really is for someone to apologize for his race. These details are evidence of her sophistication, affectation, and artificiality. As in different buttons of the telephone in front of him … Button B, Button A, dark, lighter, fair — humans are categorized too like inanimate objects. Instead, they should know each other through direct contact and interaction, 'madam, you should see the rest of me.
In these early poems the voice of the poet is distinct. A telephone is an instrument that chiefly transmits voices ; here it becomes a medium for silence besides. It is ironic that the immigrant who disdains white faces employs western philosophical concepts to express himself The poet is satirical of nationalist claims that all African problems will be solved at independence. In 1965, he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional. Soyinka's grandfather introduced him to the pantheon of Yoruba gods and to other tribal folklore.
. The speaker, in his last and most ironic challenge to her former reliance on the shadowy language of racial prejudice, offers to breach the distance separating them as conversationalists and as people. George, Olakunie, Relocating Agency: Modernity and African Letters, Press, 2003. It is also addressing itself to examining how words are put together in transferring of message to the readers. This is the ideal circle of autobiography at its best. This is one of my favourite Soyinka poem.
And it is disheartening to hear these things happen in this period too. As the title reveals, two people are talking on the phone, a man looking for accommodation speaking with a prospective landlady. This was the period Soyinka studied at the University of Leeds and worked in England. Feeling as if he has just been reduced to the status of a machine, similar to the telephone in front of him, and asked to choose which button he is, the man is so disgusted that he can literally smell the stench coming from her deceptive words and see red everywhere around him. He is as much like the girl who rejects him as the one who accepts him. Coincidentally, in this moment of realignment, grammar itself is revisited.
The man replies that it is almost similar to being a brunette, but a dark brunette. At such a crucial juncture, he makes a desperate and silly attempt pleading her to come and take a good look at him but could not prevent the situation from getting any better. Throughout the whole poem, the poet used different techniques to show how Caucasian discriminated the dark. The following year Nigeria and some dozen other countries became independent. The use of subtly imagistic language is abundantly rich throughout the poem.
Red double-tiered Omnibus squelching tar. From the words the man uses, he wants to convey that racism is not fair in the society because the. The poet seems to be tired of his life conditioned by racist prejudices. It has ever occurred to me to stop. Silence for spectroscopic Flight of fancy, till truthfulness clanged her accent Hard on the mouthpiece. It is a nice attack in exemplifying the racism in the Old English times. Such extensive use of symbolically chromatic images points out the setting of this poem, for the first and only time, to be London.