Discuss the theme and tone of Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara

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Piano and Drums is a poem which basically themed and created by two different and opposing culture in the poem, the piano culture and drums culture which suggested by the poet whenThe culture of drums is straight forward, and direct, and this just like the world and culture in the ancient years which before civilization. People do not hide their real selves, showing and communicate without pretending as well as showing what they really are in the wordings, 'raw', 'primal', and 'rugged'. They call out for danger by beating drums as to warn others, although the world is competitive and dangerous. The culture of drums is primitive, simple and natural which really shows the real side of human.

However, the culture of piano has just taken the opposite seat with the culture of drums. This is described as a complex culture in the modern city which was civilized years ago in the poem which we could saw in the wordings, 'concerto', 'coaxing diminuendo', 'counterpoint', 'crescendo', 'labyrinth' and 'daggerpoint'.

Feelings are complex and hard to understand, people hide their feelings in their mind by many pretentious motion. They create some 'coaxing diminuendo', 'counterpoint' in order to make their lives more civilized. However, in our surprise, the ending of this culture is just losing themselves and mind in the culture which described in the poem, 'But lost in the labyrinth of its complexities'.

Also, the use of alliteration in the last stanza - 'And I lost in the morning mist', and the sentence 'wandering in the mystic rhythm', has helped expressing the hesitation and uncertainty tone of the poet which he felt confused while living between the culture of piano and drums, the real and simple but dangerous world and the civilized but pretentious world. He knew that if he...