A Poem on Right Attitude: Daydreamer by Deola Adelakun


Briefs of the Poem

The poem ‘Daydreamer’ portrays the attitude people should have for their lives, not to daydream. Daydreaming takes someone nowhere. It is not daydreaming that matters but expediting actions.

The poet opens that many people want good things, want to be respected, want to be honored, and want to live in a palace, but they don’t want to take a risk. As you have pleasant dreams and thoughts in life, so also you should try to take action.

People want to ride cars, want to get married, want to enjoy, want to spend money, want to get famous, but don’t want to do what it takes to get them.  After all, people want good things but making things work is a problem.

Politicians want to get a reward, but not everybody wants to die. Everybody wants respect, but they don’t want to respect people. Everybody wants to be king, but they don’t want to visit shrines.

The poet calls this kind of attitude daydreaming. Those involved in daydreaming are daydreamers. You are not a realist but a hypocrite.

It has been inferred in the poem that people are fond of ‘wishes’ and ‘suppositions’ instead of making the daydream in action. The poet concludes that action is what can make us achieve our goals, not only ‘wish’ or daydreaming.

Practice Questions

  1. The dominant poetic device is __________________ (a) couplet (b) sestet (c) octave (d) quatrain
  2. How many listeners does the poet address? (a) 14 (b) 16 (c) 15 (d) 17
  3. It can be inferred in the poem that the __________________ (a0 people are working in vain (b) people are playing well (c) people are sucking milk and licking honey (d) people are daydreaming
  4. How many stanzas does the poem have? (a) 14 (b) 15 (16) (17)

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Knowledge Needed for the Analysis of Poems

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Poetry as a piece of literary work, whether spoken or written, expresses and communicates thoughts, ideas, experiences, feelings, and emotions beautifully using imagery, rhythm, and sound. It is usually written in verse with lyrical effects.

To achieve the effect, a poet chooses words that convey meanings through their sounds and that also create images in the readers’ minds. Poetry has music, rhythm, and rhyme.

That is words in a poem are arranged in lines, usually with a repeated rhythm, and sometimes with a rhyme in the end. The ideas in a poem are arranged into lines and stanzas.

To analyze a poem, a reader needs to understand how the poet uses words and sound devices to create images and to bring out his meaning. Thus, the following elements which give poetry its uniqueness in language and meaning will be treated.

The following are major forms of poetry: narrative poetry, satirical poetry, dramatic poetry, and lyrical poetry.

       Features of poetry

  • Poetry is written in verse, in the form of stanzas and lines.
  • Poetry is metrical in the arrangement.
  • It is usually lyrical.
  • It makes use of figurative language.
  • It expresses a thought, ideas, and experiences sometimes in a concise form.

        Types of poetry

  • Ballad: the word ‘ballad’ is out of current use. The poem derives from the village festival and is not often written but handed down orally from generation to generation, e.g. Ekun iyawo, Ijala Ode, etc.
  • Epic: This poem narrates heroes and their deeds, e, g Milton’s Paradise Lost, Soyinka’s idanre
  • Elegy/Dirge: The poem of lamentation and a song of mourning and a sorrowful event such as the death of a bosom friend, Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • Lyric: A poem to be sung to the lyre. It is sung during the burial of the dead or the marriage ceremonies, e.g. J. P. Clarks Streamside Exchange
  • Ode: An ode is a written or spoken poem addressing somebody or something to mark a special occasion.
  • Pastoral poem: this poem celebrates the lives of the country and people.
  • Narrative poem: This is a long poem that tells a story, e.g Samuel Coleridge’s The rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
  • Panegyrics/Eulogy: It is a praise poem dedicated to the glorification (praising) of the attributes or qualities of a person, an animal, a place or event, and an object.
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         Tools to consider in analyzing poems

  • Stanzas/Rhymes: This is the division in the formal pattern of person. It could be two, three, or more lines. Rhyme is the exact correspondence in sound or word-ending, usually at the end of each poem. The arrangements of the stanzas should be considered. Learn how they are arranged below.
  1. A two-line stanza is known as a couplet
  2. A three-line stanza is known as a triplet
  3. A four-line stanza is known as a quatrain
  4. A five-line stanza is known as a quintet
  5. A six-line stanza is known as a sestet
  6. A seven-line stanza is known as a septet
  7. An eight-line stanza is known as an octave
  • Rhythm: This is a metrical movement determined between sounds and events.
  • Tone/mood: These are feelings or state of mind of the poet. It is the frame of mind in which the poet was when composing his work.
  • Atmosphere: This is the prevalent mood, feelings, and thoughts or actions of people in a poem.
  • Enjambment: This is also known as (run-on-line). It occurs when the ideas in a line of verse move from one line to the join follow-ons
  • Imagery: It is the use of words to form mental pictures. A poet could use words to draw a picture of situations whose ordinary words cannot convey effectively.
  • Metre: This is the arrangement of the stressed and unstressed syllables in a poem to give a particular rhythmic effect.
  • The content of the poem: The content is the main body of the poem and you should understand the message and subject matter.
  • The structure of the poem: the structure of the poem is to be considered, such as stanzas, verses, and lines.
  • Language and style of the poem: The style, figures of speech, and theme are to be considered. The style is the way the language is structured. It is the manner the poem is done. The theme is the central idea and the dominating point of the poem. The figures of the speech are simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, irony, euphemism, etc.
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