Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh
Analysis of Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh by Femi Fani Kayode
“Katerina: An Angel In The Flesh” is a descriptive love poem that embraced the instrument of praise and prayer.
The most part of the poem described Femi Fani Kayode’s Katerina as an extraordinary beauty; using the same hyperbolical language of William Shakespeare’s craftiness. The ending part of the poem carry some hope words that are tabled in form of prayer.
Few of the poetic devices in the poem are enjambment (as ideas or expressions flow beyond a single line), simile (many comparisons are made in the poem using “like” for instance “Your words, like the Balm of Gilead” and “blazing red hair like a Royal Princess”), allusion in the poem “the Game of Thrones”, alliteration in the poem “deep dimples” and “poor and less privileged”, metaphor in the poem “thirst and quest for knowledge and understanding” and “wisdom oozes”, the imageries in the poem a mostly of sight.
The major theme of the poem is love, beauty, and the excitement in pleasant human qualities. From the context of the poem, human achievement can also be considered as part of the themes in the poem.
Emerald-green eyes and blazing red hair, like a Royal Princess of Westeroth from the Game of Thrones. Beautiful deep dimples and a lovely warm smile. Pale, silk-like skin and waifer-thin lips. Such natural beauty. Your crown glistens and your glory is self-evident.
Most captivating of all is the power of your soul, the beauty and strength of your inner man and the profundity of your learned tongue: wisdom oozes. Your words, like the Balm of Gilead, bring hope: they soothe and heal.
Your compassion for the poor and less privileged and your empathy for the persecuted, the oppressed, the misunderstood and the downtrodden is self-evident and compelling. Your thirst and quest for knowledge and understanding is insatiable and never-ending.
Your love of the Living God is inexplicable, indescribable, unfathomable, profound, deep and utterly moving. You are a woman of substance, an angel in the flesh, a handmaiden of Jerusalem, a speaker of divine truths, a Daughter of Zion.
You are the stuff of which great Queens are made. May you live long and prosper and may you be a blessing to your generation and to generations unborn.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian poet, a lawyer, and a politician born in Lagos, Nigeria on 16th October 1960 to Chief Remilekun Adetokunbo Fani-Kayode and to Chief (Mrs) Adia Adunni Fani-Kayode.He was christened David Oluwafemi (meaning “the beloved of the Lord”) Adewunmi Fani-Kayode. He was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006.