Africa My Africa

The Poet:

Comes the voice for Colonialism in such a case of Africa, only a few who spoke and stood for it, in the matter of defiance against the oppressive face of colonizers whatsoever reasons they had in mind; David’s case was quite poetic and direct in conveying the message of lamentation towards the major concern of the people’s thoughts on the colonialist powers, where he supported the combative mentality in Africa, and portraying it as a black woman, in which he upholds the entire continent with hope and energetic spirit to retain the struggle through his immense touch to personifying the country as a fighting man, though incapable and seeming to fail every time; it still maintained its sturdy point of view.

The Personifications in the Poem:

David does personify the entire notion of defiance against colonial movements in the form of a merciful black woman that could still feed is children as he described them “Impetuous” in which the amount of fear to the oppressed people was to be empowered in the form of the magnitude of mother Africa that deliberately enhances and epitomizes the figure of patience that is meant to be performed upon these desolate children, on top of the human qualities that David intentionally attributed to Africa; such of “beautiful black blood ……. the blood of your sweat …….. the sweat of your work …… your back that is unbent” that was a mere love for the usual feelings meant to express the poetic dramatization for such a crucial case.

to the extent of the attempt to damage the identity of those African populations throughout the times of persecution, mother Africa as reportedly strong by David, he petrified the colonizers by that consistency of the beautiful and powerful landscapes that won’t lost its charisma of giving and resistance nonetheless exercising torture and misery pushed further than ever.

The Linguistic appearances in the Poem:

1- Alliteration.

2- Parallelism.

3- Apostrophe.

4- Paradox.

David’s poetic devices prevail through the most explicit imagery ever, in the form of a linguistic mannerism that infuses the similarity of Africa to an actual person, as he stated: “Beautiful Black Blood” in the sixth line, and “Bit by Bit acquires” in the twenty first line, are the excessive use of Alliteration; pounding his outlook into suggesting its qualities as those of humans, reinforced, study and seemingly tired of these laborious acts of damage.

Comes the second device that is Apostrophe, where the apparent use of it corresponds throughout the entire poem, David was preferably addressing Africa as if it were a person whose qualities meant to match the same that was of Africa’s current circumstances of misery at the time, even though he never knew how or even experienced what was it like to be there, yet he managed to draw the perfect sensation quite overwhelming for his mother land.

This highly delicate theme of Africa being colonized; happened to create a device called Parallelism, though of those strong emotion for his continent; those three lines right after each other where he stated: “The Blood of your Sweat/The Sweat of your Work/The Work of your Slavery” clearly identifies how enthusiastically he was struggling some hidden parts deep down his heart to urge the public attention to feel the massive destruction Africa was witnessing.

As for Paradox obviously at the end of the lines, where David declared: “the bitter taste of liberty” makes another clear message of every single effort consumed for the continent as a whole, whether it was blood, men, landscapes or even casualties, those were all of the sacrificial devices that were meant to be taken for granted during the era of Colonialism whatsoever shapes had to disguise. The bitter taste of liberty in accordance with David Diop; was a documented line that subverts the cost of freedom once it lands unexpectedly welcomed, though felt bitter but eventually worthy of all those appalling experiences and perhaps even worse: liberty just granted its grace of independence.

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