The present paper deals with the satirical and ironical elements presented in In My First White Hairs by Wole Soyinka and The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens. My First White Hairs by Wole Soyinka expresses a wish that these white and black hairs together may unite and gives the meaning to his existence. Stevens in The Emperor of Ice Cream, expresses the funeral scene which is very much different than the traditional one. Here, no one seems too sad, they are only pretending to be sad. The flowers are being brought in the newspaper, the casual attire on the day of funeral, etc and most importantly, the people are worried about the taste of the ice cream and not to the dead woman, are all very comic and satiric. Both the poems are ironical in the way that the modern society has changed a great deal but still some customs are there and people are forced to follow them, but without any enthusiasm they are following them.
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Satirical and Ironical Elements in Wole Soyinka’s My First White Hairs and The Emperor of Ice Cream
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