IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF SOYINKA'S "TELEPHONE CONVERSATION"

What makes this poem interesting and different is the use of humour and subtle sensitivity to distil the very serious issue of inbuilt everyday racism—how the simple act of looking for accommodation can turn into a social disaster or moral dilemma.

Although the poem reflects the age it was written in, the issue of basic racism is still very much prominent, making this rather light-hearted poem all the more poignant.
Read the full poem below before my in-depth analysis:

IN-DEPTH LITERARY ANALYSIS

The poem is arguably an interesting mix:

LINES 1–5

LINES 6–17

LINES 18–28

LINES 29—37

POETIC DEVICES IN THE POEM:

Imagery And Irony

METAPHOR AND ALLITERATION

END-STOPPED LINE

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