Enjoy this amazing poem about lantern– Oh My Lantern, by Poet Michael Victor. The small source of light that has remained a must-have in every part of the world. So, here is our appreciation poem.

Oh My Lantern By Michael Victor

At the sight

Of the darkness,

Sits dauntlessly

The aim of thy intense

I hail thee,

Yet without pretence

At the sight

Of hidden anarchy

Assuredly, thy light

Brings in bold harmony

Now, I hail thy great entity

Pathways portraying paganism,

Thy light in its actual realism,

Shows a great sense of individualism

In furtherance,

I hail thy professionalism

Oh, Dexterous Lamp

What is thy conspiracy?

Behind thy shape,

Alongside thy aim,

Uncover, for impatience

Fights my dear mentality


The poem is generally known to have been written in the African atmosphere because of how strongly most Africans make use of lanterns.


The poem is mostly dominated by five lines (quintain) and has rhyming lines that convey the message the poem is passing. However, the poet enjoins us to the beauty of the poem by allowing the stanzas to have rhyming footings. In furtherance, the poem is all about our so-called lamp in our various houses.

The poet also explains the dexterity (power) of the lamp by discussing the characteristics and aims of the lamp in a poetic and symbolic manner. The first stanza talks about one of the crucial duties of the lamp at night (darkness).

The second stanza also goes further by saying when darkness secretly entertains disorderliness then at the instance of the lamp’s light, everything comes back to normal.

The third stanza moves on to discuss how the light from the lamp makes one that has lost their pathways find solutions with ease then the poet hails the lamp for such.

The last stanza brings the whole poem into resolution by asking the lamp what is behind its dexterity (strength) because the poet’s mind yawns to know.


1. RHYME: Every line in each stanza rhymes with one another.

2. PERSONIFICATION: This could be seen in lines 3–4 stanza 1, ” sits dauntlessly…”

3. APOSTROPHE:  This is when the poet talks to an object as if its presence is certain or present and this is seen in this poem when the poet asks or talks to the lamp as if it could give answers to the questions.

This could be seen in stanza 1 line 5, stanza 2 line 5, stanza 3 line 5, and stanza 4 lines 1–6.

4. REFRAIN: This is when a poem has repeated lines within the stanzas and this could be seen in stanza 1 and 2, line 1 and 2 “At the sight”.

5. ALLITERATION: This is when the poem has side-by-side consonant words in the poem in order to convey a message and this could be seen in stanza 3 line 1, “Pathways portraying paganism”


1. Aim Of A Lantern: One of the important aims of the lantern is to make sure that darkness is defeated by bringing light to every ally, and this is seen in the poem in the whole of stanza one.

2. The Power Of A Lantern: Another main topic this poem is showing us is the dexterity of a lantern in its actuality. And this can be proven in the whole stanza of the poem, but it is more exposed in stanzas three and four.

3. Important Of Translucency: The poem allows us to know the importance of light from the lantern. And this can be proven in the whole of stanza two.


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