Analysis of "Iron Sharpens Iron"

No wonder then the embers refused
Going to ash.
Across 'operation python dance' I came in the dailies.
I asked; he said it was a fight against
The Pythons.
I read through the tabloid; it said 'Crocodile dance'.
When I asked; he said it was against
The crocodiles.
I went to the South-south, I saw him Stagnating the rivers.
I then sought explanation from the Master; He said it was "enduring",
Choosing the last resort first.

Poetic Form
Metre 110101001 1011 01010101110010 1111110101 01 11101011101 111111101 010 11101111110010 11101010101111010 1001011
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 436
Words 85
Sentences 7
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 11
Lines Amount 11
Letters per line (avg) 30
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 330
Words per stanza (avg) 75

About this poem

"Iron Sharpens Iron" is a political poem that describes the level of injuries and salts the government of the day in Nigeria is inflicting on the already ailing state of African society. The poet ponders over the insane actions of the military personnels orchestrated by vissionless leaders who are bereaved of lasting solution to societal and political matters. Here, military show of power which ignites more violence than peace is preferred to dialogue which tends to address the fundamental issues in the society.  

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Written on August 22, 2022

Submitted by Ernesto on August 22, 2022

Modified on March 10, 2023

25 sec read

Ernest Ejere Okoro

Hailed from Imo State Nigeria, Ernest Ejere Okoro studied at Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria. There he got his first Bachelor's degree(double major) in English language and Literary Studies. He is currently teaching at Stargate Excellence Academy in Abuja Nigeria. Ernest Ejere Okoro also has a Post Graduate Diploma-in-Education certificate with which he passes for an educationist. more…

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