The poem”Dawn 1984″ can be read as a historical allusion to the civil strikes and ethical violence that erupted in some parts of Zimbabwe soon after independence. The poet
vividly captures this moment of madness in Zimbabwe’s history in the first 2 stanzas of the poem
In the first and second stanza the poet look at pain and suffering of the people before just independence. This was at the peak of the war liberation when despair and hopelessness characterized people’s lives.
Mhasvi employs diction to capture this painful period in ‘stanza’. The imagery speaking of a world that has plunged into chaos and robbed of all meaning
The second stanza I think is just cementing wat has been said in the first stanza. In which the poet uses a pessimistic diction. Despairing diction too which might be a metaphor of Rhodesia.
Independence was expected to restore people’s dreams and Hope’s for a better life as symbolised by the phrase” the land begins to pulse and beat… and slowly the shattered scene begins to integrate”.
The poet on the other hand is someone who distance himself from the independence euphoria and he is doubtful of the gain of independence as he states” And my mind-still a shadowy playground of doubts chasing fears …
In the poem Mhasvi also captured the excitement which was triggered on the Zimbabwe people among the eve of Independence.
This was due to the fact that they had great expectations from the outcome of independence were it says ” Tha land a spread of golden dreams”
There’s use of comparison of the first two stanza n the last Showing how things are changing as we now experience use of soft diction like glows,,,,, beacon,,,,,and a rentilising atmosphere ….we can say hopeful diction And we should take note of the word East written in capitals. There is use of biblical allusion by the wise men from the east which shows hope and use of words like green which symbolises life