Summary Of The Poem Africa And Flying Man By Rabindranath Tagore

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The poems Africa and Flying Man by Rabindranath Tagore show the negative effects of man-made destruction. The destruction is the way they have mistreated the people of Africa, as well as changing the way nature used to be, from the peaceful harmonious nature to inventing more modernised technologies, making man seem more arrogant. The focus of the two poems is how man has destroyed the earth with their actions, and the poet does this by using imagery and figurative language. In Africa, Tagore uses adjectives to emphasise the effect of man destroying Africa and its people. The word ‘shadowy’ creates a negative beginning to the stanza that introduces what is happening with the slavery, and it symbolises Africa turning into something dark, as the country used to be peaceful before the slavers came. The poet uses ‘iron manacles’ to emphasise how strong the slavers are compared to the slaves, as iron is a strong metal. This shows that the slavers have a lot of power of these slaves and emphasises the colonialism that is happening in Africa. Tagore also uses ‘naked’ to…show more content…
‘Brutal’ means something violent, and using this to describe the aeroplane sounds makes the reader think about the aeroplane taking over the world in a very negative way. This also shows that man is starting to rely more on their creations instead of what already existed, which is nature. Using ‘blasphemous’ shows what happened after man has destroyed earth, making the world seem like a place that goes against God’s intentions. There is also emphasis of the abundance of pride that humans have in them that they do not realise how much worse the world is becoming. This shows that man is too arrogant to realise that the world is being destroyed, instead focusing on their creations, further emphasising that man is destroying the world, not only by how they treat people but by what they are
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