Result of the duel between Ayoola Goodyness Olanrewaju and Aremu Adams Adebisi

Aremu Adams Adebisi {Poem 1} ::: 12 votes
Ayoola Goodyness Olanrewaju {Poem 2} ::: 12 votes

Before i declare the winner, read the critique from Phunsho Oris…

Night: Towards a Deconstructionist Approach- Part 2
Again, I am saddled with the responsibility of analyzing two poems dealing with the theme of night. Just recently, I argued in a critique of a duel that, oftentimes, “night” is synonymous with negativity. However, Aremu and Ayoola provide a different vista in their historic duel on “night”. Certain statements needed to be made in order to understand the parameters defining the contest. First, the poets were provided specific guidelines by which their creative propensity would be critiqued. The lines were necessarily limited, in order to ensure sustained readership. There was no determined verse form. More importantly, the poets were tasked with the responsibility of providing a minimum of two layers of meaning. That is, the theme of “night” must be approached from, not only a denotative and connotative meaning, but a deeper, contextual, and an ideological stance. The ability of the poet to recreate a larger socio-cultural paradigmatic shift will be the focus of this analysis. This stance is deliberately advocated since the poet is an important character in the society.
Through poetry, the poet sensitizes, sanitizes, sermonizes, and sensates the conscience of the people. I need to add that, the least a poet can do, is use language to tell a story. The responsibility of the poet is beyond mere linguistic contortionism. The poet (not a poem writer) has a duty to the society. It is the performance of this duty that we have gathered to witness in the duel between two great poets. Both Ayoola and Aremu are well aware of my opinion of poets and “poetisers” (a coinage used to distinguish artists who understand the essence of poetry and those who attempt!) I have been privileged to have witnessed the depth, creativity and mastery with which both seasoned minds utilize language, style, form and expression to create poetic masterpieces which they have been known for. Ayoola’s almost simplistic but cutting
edge style speaks volume. His thematic engagement often confers on him a prophetic mien foretelling a future only few can see momentarily. Aremu’s eclecticism and dynamic utilization of depth often makes his poem intentionally esoteric and dialectical. So, it is no easy task to have both poets ruffle shoulders in pursuit of poetic refinement. It is even more tasking to have to peep through the width of their minds to decipher encrypted oracles meant for a society bereft of depth, originality or even well copied fakery! So, bear with me if my thoughts get caught up in the cryptics.
I need to deviate from my usual way of analyzing poems on this platform. This deviation is influenced by the fact that focus should be placed on the most important element of the duel: the ability to deconstruct “night” and recreate its meaning. All other elements worthy of a great poem will blend into this discourse. For the purpose of clarity, the poets were tasked with the responsibility of using “night” to make a more defined statement on society. Let’s get into the world of Ayoola and Aremu and see if there is any conscious effort to perform their task. Rather than refer to the poems, since the vote has closed, I will refer to the poets {Continue the critique here

A big gratitude to Sire Phunsho Oris for this deep and wonderful critique, i hereby declare this duel a DRAW as both poems got the same number of votes…

Thank you for being part of this…God bless you…back to sick bed.

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