Literature-In-English Paper 2, May/June 2010  
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Question 10

Discuss the characteristics and effects of the storm in "An African Thunderstorm"


There are two aspects in the poem demanded by the question from the candidates, the characteristics of the storm and the effects of the storm. The storm is a natural phenomenon which is quite fearsome and destructive. The 'wind' that blows in its wake "tosses up things in its tails/like a madman chasing nothing". The 'pregnant clouds' gather to 'pinch on hills'. It affects the social activities of the children, women and babies. Cloths tom apart, not even the trees which 'bend' to let it pass or women running helter-skelter with dangling breasts. Some candidates did justice to the question. The candidates' performance was quite good.

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