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"You Walked Gently Towards Me"
Posted by: playboy_hunny (---.dsl.look.ca)
Date: March 01, 2005 12:03PM

Hi, I was just wondering if someone could analyze this poem for me. I just want to hear what other people have to say about the poem. I would REALLY appreaciate it, thanks.

What is the theme of the poem?
What is the tone of the poem?
What is the subject of the poem?

"You Walked Gently Towards Me"
Ben Okri

You walked gently towards me
In the evening light
And brought silence with you
Which fell off when
I touched your shoulder
And felt the rain on it.

We went through the city
Up the roaring streets
Full of many lights
And we sought a place
To be alone
And found none.

The evening was merciful
On your smile.
Your laughter touched
The hungry ghosts
Of passing years.

You moved smoothly
On the waters
Your shadow sounded of silk
You led me to places
Full of mellow darkness
Secret coves where they
Didn't let us in
And under the rain
You bid me kiss you with
Your silent and uncertain eyes.

We walked home
And the rain laughed around us
With its insistent benediction
And you hair was strung with
Diadems
Your face with glittering dreams
And my eyes were wet
With your luminous spirited joy


Re: "You Walked Gently Towards Me"
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-04rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 02, 2005 07:03AM

Doesn't do much for me, but I see he managed to get it published. The line breaks seem strange, and the sentence structure as well. Probably because English is not his first language? I'm not sure if the worst lines are,

The evening was merciful
On your smile.

or,

You bid me kiss you with
Your silent and uncertain eyes.

It is free verse, with no set stanza structure, except that each sentence is a stanza. As far as theme, tone and subject are concerned, I would merely call it a love poem.


Re: "You Walked Gently Towards Me"
Posted by: Linda (---.lns2-c7.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: March 02, 2005 08:36AM

I think he's more of a novelist than poet. And as an educated African (Nigeria) he will have been fluent in English from a very early age.




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