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INTRODUCTION TO THE POEMS

The poems in this selection are simple and suitable for Form I and II Secondary School Students. This selection has come out as researched and personal observation on what kinds of poems Form One and Form Two English Students should learn. This selection does not concur with any Ministry of Education, Science and Technology directives or regulations. However, the poems in this selection are suitable for students to learn and begin their creative, and literary journey as far as literature for Secondary Schools is concerned. Other selections of poems can be applied so long as they meet the level of the learners and the contents. In this selection, the following poems have been analysed: 

[1] WHAT A HUMAN BEING DOES

[2] GOOD HERE! BAD THERE!

[3] THE BUNCH OF BANANA STOOPS WHERE IT IS

[4] MY BROTHER

 

ANALYSIS OF THE SELECTED POEMS

 

WHAT A HUMAN BEING DOES

By Charles Mloka

If you want to educate yourself,

You are not late!

 

If you want to build a house

It is possible!

 

If you want a degree,

The door is open!

 

If you want to be a medical doctor,

Why not!

 

If you want to do business,

You can!

 

If others do,

Why can’t you?

 

What a human being does,

Don’t say you can’t!

 

QUESTIONS

[1] Explain the meaning of the title of the poem.

The title ‘WHAT A HUMAN BEING DOES’ means the actions or behaviours of a human being or behaviours which are common to human beings.

[2] What is the poem about? Paraphrase a poem in one paragraph.

The poem is about the behaviours of human beings especially the behaviour of not giving up easily on the things they do as part of their occupation, hobbies or talents.

[3] How many stanzas are in this poem?

The poem has seven (7) stanzas.

[4] How many verses per each stanza?

Each stanza in the poem has two (2) verses, hence the poem has 14 lines or verses.

[5] Identify the issues/themes of the poem. The poem has the following issues/themes:

Education. The poet insists on education. For example:  If you want to educate yourself,

You are not late!”

Trade/business. The poet advises people to do business for their own better life.

Occupations. The poem also advises people to participate in various fields, careers or occupations like construction and medical practice.

Advice. The poet advises people not to give up on things easily because if others do then everyone can try to do it.

 

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