Analysing Metaphor and Implicature in Poetry A Study of Obari Gomba's Eleme and Lines on Ten Places

Main Article Content

Ebidenyefa Charity Nikade, PhD
https://orcid.org/0009-0003-3416-6519

Abstract

Metaphors convey embedded meanings, which implies an interpretation beyond the literal meaning, and pragmatics is concerned with the contextual implicatures of an utterance or piece of communication. Hence, this study investigates the intertwining roles of metaphor and implicature in Obari Gomba's Poetry. The study uses the Searlian account of metaphor and Grice's Principle of implicature to analyse the poems. The research findings indicate that the poet used metaphor and conventional implicature to express his angst about the ill effects of pollution in oil-bearing communities, the deplorable conditions of living in some Nigerian cities, and the misfortunes of colonialism. The study concludes that metaphors and implicatures play a significant role in literary works by helping the poet to explain his experiences, emotions, and conjectures without ambiguity and too many clarifications.

Keywords: Metaphor, Implicature in Pragmatics, Poetry, Eleme, Lines on Ten Places

Article Details

Ebidenyefa, C. N. (2024). Analysing Metaphor and Implicature in Poetry: A Study of Obari Gomba’s Eleme and Lines on Ten Places. African Journal of Humanities and Contemporary Education Research, 15(1), 78-86. https://doi.org/10.62154/ecc90805
Articles

Copyright (c) 2024 Ebidenyefa Charity Nikade, PhD (Author)

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Binder, A. (2003). Metaphors and implications in Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing." Grin Verlag.

Beldadj, H. (2018). Implicature in metaphors: A linguistic analysis of metaphorical expressions in Arabic poetry. A monograph submitted to the Department of English Language and Literature Art, Abdelmalek Essadi University, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the BA degree in Language and Literature Art. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/resource/work/36952956

Gibbons, A., & Whiteley, S. (2018). Contemporary stylistics: Language, cognition, interpretation. Edinburgh University Press.

https://doi.org/10.1515/9780748682782

Gomba, O. (2022). The lilt of the rebel. Hornbill House of the Arts.

Lafi, W. A. (n.d.). Direct and indirect speech acts. Retrieved from https://www.iasj.net/iasj/pdf/d31e67c85b950cbe

Ken-maduako, I. (2022). Meaning and the linguist. Inaugural Lecture Series. Pearl Publishers International Ltd.

Mey, J. L. (2006). Pragmatics: An introduction. Blackwell Publishers.

Macha, J. (2012). Searle and metaphor. Masaryk University, Journal Compilation, Institute of Philosophy.

Osisanwo, W. (2008). An introduction to discourse analysis and pragmatics. Fetop Publishers.

Rahmayanti, Yunia, Suwandi, & Wahyuni. (2021). An analysis of direct and indirect speech acts realised by the characters in the story of Princess Hase-Hime. Retrieved from https://conference.upgris.ac.id/index.php/etll/article/download/2738/15798114

Umezurike, U. (2019). Review of Nigerian poetry for every homeland. Journal of the African Literature Association, Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1080/21674736

Syahputra, P. F., Nurela, I. C. M. Br. Ginting, & Uri Widiaanth. (2023). Indonesia: Direct and indirect speech in literary work. Retrieved from https://talenta.usu.ac.id/lingpoet/article/download/12059/6124/43587