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Describe A Critical Summary Of The Poem, The Huntsman, By Edward Lowbury.

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"The Huntsman" has been composed by the modern English poet Edward Lowbury. It is based on an African folklore which explains the uncertainty of human life. The poem is an evidence of imaginative richness and psychological insight of the poet. It is also full of suspense mystery and supernatural. The poet tells us the mysterious story of a famous hunter Kagwa, who was fond of talking.

He lost his life due to talking needlessly. Kagwa used to hunt loin in the forest. One day when he was wandering in the forest he came across the skull of a dead man. Kagwa was surprised to see that skull and asked what had brought it there. The skull opened its mouth and told that talking had brought it there. But he failed to understand the meaning of these words.

Kagwa was a simple fellow and could not conceal this unusual discovery. Immediately, he went to the king and told him this unbelievable incident. The king suspected the truth of his story but sent two guards with him. He instructed them if his story proved false the hunter must be put to death. They explore the forest for many days and nights. At last they found the skull. The hunter asked it the same question again but the skull remained silent. Kagwa requested the skull gain and again to speak and save his life but the skull did not answer. The king's men promptly killed the hunter there and punished him for his talkative tongue. At that moment the skull opened its mouth and asked Kagwa how he had come there. The dead man answered "Talking brought me here'.

The general atmosphere of the poem is gloomy and fearful. The presence of a talking skull and the killing of the hunter terrify us. The message in the poem is that one should be very careful when talking to others and especially to men of authority.
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"The Huntsman" by Edward Lowbury is based on a Kenyan folktale which advice us to think before we speak.

Kagwa a brave hunter in his tribe found a talking skull.When he asked the cause for what happened to the skull and it replied talking brought me here Kagwa was unable to discover the bitter truth behind it.

Kagwa hurried to meet his king to report his meeting with the skull to the king. He might have had a wife, a family but he went to see the king fist. Kagwa even though loyal enough to report the unusual to his king was foolish to do it. The king however was doubtful whether to believe it or not. Finally he sent 2 guards with Kagwa to check the accuracy of this information. After weeks and weeks of search when they met the skull it spoke no word.Under the orders of their king Kagwa was killed by the guards. Then the skull opened its mouth to ask how Kagwa ended here. The dead Kagwa replied that talking brought him here.

The poem is humorous as the skull repeats Kagwa's words in the end.

It also says "SPEECH IS SILVER, SILENCE IS GOLD".

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sachini dulana answered

Edward Lowbury shows that the best thing is to be silence and silence is better than speech.Through this poem writter says that 'speech is silver and silence is gold'

thevarajah harishanan Profile

our tongue sometimes becomes the cause of our own down fall and determines our own destiny discuss

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silence is gold

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Once a hunt man  .one day he searching prey. He was walking here and there,But he could not find any prey.He was very upset,Suddenly he saw a skull. He reached there and asked to skull,Why did you came here.The skull reply the answer.My talking brought me here,But the hunt man could not understand this.He reached the village and go to king palace,And said to his king he saw a talking skull.The king said to the hunt man.He never saw before a talking skull.The king said to his boday gards go with him and brought here the talking skull,If not found then kill this man. They reached in the forest and starting a talking skull.They all searching here and there .But they could not fond any talking skull.The huntman was very afrid because the soilder kill the huntman from the order of the King.Suddenly he saw a skull they all reached there and the huntman asked to the skull, Why did you came here.The skull did not replying any answer.So,The soildder kill the hunt man,And go back to the palace.After them the skull asked to the dead man why did you came here .The dead man reply the answer my talking brought me here.

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