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Dembe Poems: Land Of Pain By Stanley Bonney

Land Of Pain By Stanley Bonney

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Land Of Pain By Stanley Bonney

Land of pain by Stanley Bonney
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POEM

LAND OF PAIN


Mother of gold

Your children are not bold

Land of old

Your children are  cold


History as told

Still unfold

As though we have grown


The  Canaan had been deserted

It was expected

It was done so by visitors


The land was given by obstructors

We were kind to them

Yet they made of oppressors

Yes we can

But there is no man

How grievous!


The caretakers gave us away

And we became prey

But we pray

Almighty’s grace will stay

In the land of hay

This is what we say!

POEM ANALYSIS

SUBJECT MATTER

The title of the poem depicts an imaginary state or territory which afflicts pain on its inhabitants even though nature has blessed the land with everything needed for utmost survival. The “land of pain” describes a “land” where the “caretakers” or the owners sold the land for “visitors” as shown in the last stanza, “The caretakers gave us away”.

FIRST STANZA

The initial line of the first stanza gives a clear indication of how blessed the “land” is. Nature indeed bequeathed the land with prosperity as shown in the first line, “Mother of gold”.

SECOND STANZA

The subsequent stanza shows how powerful and influential the occupants of the said “land” is as shown in the line “History as told still unfold”.

THIRD STANZA

The third stanza brings our minds to the issue concerning the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan. Hence, the allusion created here is of biblical origin. As represented, “Canaan ” is seen as a “land “of prosperity flowing with milk and honey. It can thus be inferred that the said “land ” is rich in mineral resources. The “visitors” does represent the people who came to explore the “land”.The persona talks about the colonial history of Africa.

FOURTH STANZA

The result of the sale of the” land” enabled the “visitors” to become “oppressors” of the “land ” and its people. In the line “We became prey”, the persona tries to take us back to the institution of human slavery as it happened in the 19th Century.

FIFTH STANZA

The speaker is only praying and asking for the grace of nature to bless the “land ” once again thus restoring prosperity to the people.

THEME

The central perspective of the poem as deduced is the colonial history of the African people. The land of Africa is fortified and blessed by nature for which prosperity flows and lingers. Ironically and unfortunately, the riches are not utilized to grow the land of Africa. The people sold their land to the whites thus entrusting everything into the hand of the slave master.

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