Analysis of A Fisherman's Song

Kubor Dietei Gimeoin 1990 (Port Harcourt)

Go away cunning eater,
go yonder and follow the flowing current

Come, voracious eater like the rushing in of a flood
come and snatch the bait from my calm hook

Does the bride dances for the groom to look away?
take me like the groom, stop me from dangling.

come and entertain me on this silent rivers
With splashes like flash of an eagle.

Scheme XX XX XX XX
Poetic Form Couplet 
Metre 1011010 11001001010 10101010100101 101011111 101101011101 11101111100 10011111010 110111110
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 341
Words 70
Sentences 3
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 2
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 34
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 67
Words per stanza (avg) 16

About this poem

A song that never drops from our lips when we caught nothing. This song keeps us company. We were superstitious that this song drives cunning fish away. It reminds me of my childhood on the river.

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Written on February 02, 2022

Submitted by Kudietei on October 11, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Kubor Dietei Gimeoin

I am the sixth child of seven. I grew up in Lobia, a riverine village where our rivers and lands are degraded. This reality is what made me a poet. I have written several unpublished poems. more…

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