Here is an in-depth analysis of the poem “I Found a Bride” done by a guest poet. Read and make a comment.
The poem illustrates, in a metaphorical sense, a patient wait for and the eagerness to behold a brand new year. It also conveys what the poet wishes to experience in the course of the year. Hence, it is filled with wishes, prayers and hope.
*Hope and wishes
Diction: The diction is simple and easy to understand, but carefully chosen to convey the message in the poem.
Tone: The tone of the poet is romantic and wishful.
Mood: The mood is the poet is that of anxiety and aspiration.
The poem is rich in metaphor, starting from the title, where ‘bride‘ stands for ‘year‘. Many other direct comparisons were made, such as:
‘skinny skirts’ for ‘months’, ‘minstrel’ for ‘year’, ‘children’ for ‘months’, etc.
The poet refers to the year 2018 and 2019 as human beings, ascribing human qualities to them.
Eg: “Gone’s the first bride; here I wait for New (you)”
_”Give me your hands- TWO, ZERO, ONE, NINE”, “I’m unschooled, will you still be mine?”, etc
Through out the poem, the poet-speaker addresses the year as though it were present before him.
Eg: “I’m unschooled, will you still be mine?”
Eg: ‘s’ in “skinny skirts”
‘p’ in “plastic plates”, etc.
“I’m unschooled, will you still be mine?”
“Would you in plastic plates with me dine?”
“And in broken bottles sip my wine?”
“Would you serve your lord in my shrine?”
The natural arrangement of these words should have been “Would you…dine with me?” But in order to achieve rhyme, the arrangement was made in a way to have the word dine come last as in “Would you… with me dine?”
“Let’s romance like groom to bride”
“Here’s my head; shower it with prosperity jell”
“Would you…” repeated in lines 8 and 10.
The 20-line poem is of four equal stanza of five lines each, with uniform stanzaic rhyme scheme as:
aaaaa bbbbb ccccc ddddd
Parallelism and Rhythm
A number of lines in the different stanzas are of almost equal length, giving the poem a good sense of rhythm.
I hope you find this interesting.
Oyesomi Oluwatobi Emmanuel