The Colour of God Poem Analysis by V.B Aakye

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Poem: The colour of God

Poet : V.B Aakye

In short, “The Colour of God” is a poem which seeks to disagree with anyone who thinks that God only belongs to their geographical location and race.

Line 1 to 4 analysis

The first line seeks to ask a question about why colour “white” has been associated with God. Even in our imagination and on mainstream media, God is always represented or associated with the colour white.

The black man in his attempt to claim superiority argues that the colour of God is black.

There is an Akan saying which states that, ” nobody uses their left finger to point towards their hometown-meaning everyone wishes good things for themselves.

Since the blue man also wants to associate with God, he also claims that the colour of God is green.

Line 5 to 8 analysis

The poet uses different colours to show differences in character and behaviour of people around the world.

Even the red one is convinced that God’s colour is red while the blue one vows that God is blue even though he has no proof.

This argument is characteristic of how some individuals use racial and tribal discrimination to cause division and chaos.

Line 9 to 11 analysis

Having sat back heard the whole argument, the rose calls man silly. The mention of “man” by the rose shows the reader that the colours are not mere colours but a depiction of the variety in the human race.

The rose sees no point in the arguments raised by the colours. The rhetorical question asked by the rose seeks to claim it is unnecessary to waste time on the argument. Is this even worth discussing when no one has seen God? And why does everyone think that God finds them special than their fellow?

Line 12 to 14 analysis

The rose goes on to put its point across. It asserts that God is all of these and even more than they care to imagine.

Relating this to our human experience, there are various groups of individuals around the world with variety in culture, religion, backgrounds, behaviours, values, morals and customs.

The poet’s use of the rose as a mouthpiece is not a coincidence.This is because, the rose itself is a flower that can possess different colours and varieties.

Emerald is also mentioned by the rose to further help the others to become open minded about the possibilities of the nature of God.

Line 15 and 16 analysis

In these lines, the rose goes on to suggest even more colours to help the others see that God is bigger than what they had imagined.

In line 15, damask and aquamarine may not be regular colours but were also created by God suggesting the complexity of the nature of the creator.

The mention of rainbow in the last line wraps up the points raised by the rose. The rainbow here symbolises togetherness and diversity.

Thus, even though the rainbow has different colours, they all live together in harmony. It seems to suggest that in Spite of our differences, it is possible for mankind to live happily as one in harmony just like the rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ

End of poem

  1. Humankind needs to accept each other irrespective of racial or religious differences.
  2. Humans cannot comprehend God in their own narrow mentality.
  3. God is not limited to a single colour but represents different characteristics and personalities.
  4. God does not belong to a particular geographical area or race.

The poem is a free verse with 16 lines. There is absence of rhymes or any stanzas.

The poem begins with different types of colours trying to show their dominance by aligning themselves with with God at the expense of the others. The arguments are made in a line or two.

However, the rose who is depicted as the hero among the colours was given more lines than any other character to make it’s argument. At the end of the poem, it seeks to bring all the other colours into harmony and enlightenment.

In short, the poem uses colours and inanimate objects to represent different people arguing about the personality and character of God.

The diction used in the poem is very simple and easily to understand.

Expressions such as, “can’t you see”, “of course not”, and “how wrong you all are”, brings out the argumentative style used by the poet.

Also, the choice of character names such as rose, red, blue, green, aquamarine, rainbow and damask enables a reader to appreciate the depiction of the imagery of colours.

  • Argumentative
  • Conversational

Personification

The literary device, personification is very dominant in the poem. Here are some examples.

  1. He must be black, says the black man.
  2. He must be red, assured the red one.
  3. Laughs the rose
  4. If you doubt me, ask the rainbow!

Rhetorical question

A rhetorical question is a question which is asked without expecting an answer. Here are some examples in the poem.

  1. Why should he be black or white or green or yellow or even red?
  2. He is all of these and more Can’t you see?

Imagery

The poem appeals to our sense of sight by helping the reader to paint mental pictures. This is achieved by using colours and objects. Here are some examples in the poem.

  1. And damask and aquamarine
  2. If you doubt me ask the rainbow!
  3. Whoever painted God white
  4. Even rose and emerald, yeah,

The poem makes the reader aware of the need to accept our differences as a people regardless of race, geographical location, ethnic groups or religious backgrounds.

It points out the fact that God has no colour and God is all colours. Therefore, there is no need for people to argue and create division.

The poet challenges us to be open minded and avoid using religion and race to claim God. Thus avoid looking down on others for their background and beliefs about the character and personality of God.

Questions and Answers

1. “Laughs the rose” is an example of

2. Who thinks the colour of God is red?

3. God is colourless means

4. Name any two literary devices found in the poem

5. Who vows God’s colour is blue?

6. Name two themes in the poem

7. State one moral lesson from the poem

8. How many lines are in the poem?

9. The poem ” the colour of God” was written by

10. What is the nationality of the poet?

11. What is the role of the “rose” in the colour of God?

12. What image does the mention of rainbow create?

13. What is the major theme of the poem colour of God? Support your answer with a line or two from the poem

  • Why should be be black or white
  • of course He is all of these and more

14. What argument has the poet given to show that God is colourless?

15. Why is the content of a person’s character more important than the colour of his skin?

i would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this poem. Let’s have a discussion below๐Ÿ‘‹


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  1. Godfred

    Please, the full name of V.B Aakye

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    1. George

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  3. Gabby

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  4. George

    Thank you @Gabby..I’m glad this was helpful to you!

    1. Emily

      Hello, please I’m in Form 1 and what does the rose symbolize or what is it’s role in the poem?

      1. George

        Thanks for the comment @Emily
        The role of the rose is to guide the others to the truth.

        You can also say that it’s role is to answer the question the poem raises thus, what is the colour of God?

        It symbolises wisdom or insight.
        I hope this helps

  5. Obeng

    Personification,I do not agree with 1 and 2.Why do you used them as examples of personification?

    1. George

      Thanks for the comment @Obeng. To my understanding, personification is when we give human characteristics to a non-human.

      In this case, “He” is used to refer to God who is non-human.

  6. Salifu Mohammed Siisu Badimsugru

    I am a literature student who particularly fancy poetry appreciation and I found this poem ” the color of God” very interesting and didactic. Please keep the good work since disuse numbs the wrist.

    1. George

      @Salifu
      It’s interesting to meet people who love poetry and writing.
      “Disuse numbs the wrist” is all I needed to hear from you today! You got me thinking and working again
      Thank you for your encouraging words!

      1. Baby Doe

        A very fantastic poem I Love reciting that I kept in my memory ๐Ÿ˜Š . I like the good work you’re doing thanks ๐Ÿ™, keep doing it โœ…

        1. George

          The poem is a deep one. Thank you too @BabyDoe

  7. Lydia Forson

    Yes

    1. George

      @Lydia, what’s up๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Aaron

    Please why did the colour black assure God was white?

    1. George

      Hello @Aaron, according to the poem, the black colour assured God was “black” not white. Please feel free to clarify your question if it’s still not answered.
      Thank you…

      1. Aaron

        At the beginning of the poem black said, “Who ever painted God white he must be black”. So why did he think God was painted white?

        1. George

          @Aaron, thanks for the clarification. The first line is more of a question not a statement. Notice the poet used “who ever” not “whoever”.
          So when it says, “who ever painted God white” it disagrees that God’s colour is white.
          It’s like saying, ” who came up with the idea that God’s colour is white?
          Also in normal writing, the first line would have to end with a question mark.
          I hope this helps.

          1. Aaron

            Ok thanks

  9. Wellman

    1. What is the choice of words in this poem?
    2. What is the major issue of conflict(argument) in the poem?
    3. List the characters in the poem.
    4. State the rhyme scheme of the poem.
    5. What is the structure of the poem?

  10. George

    @Welman let me try to answer your questions.
    1. The choice of words makes this poem easy to understand because it makes use of simple expressions. Again, the expressions such as, “of course not, can’t you see” etc brings out the argumentative nature of the poem. Another thing to talk about concerning the choice of words is the creation of the imagery of different colours. Words such as aquamarine and damask enables the reader to have an imagery of colours.
    2. The major issue or conflict is that each of the colours mentioned is trying to claim superiority over one another instead of celebrating their differences.
    3. The characters in the poem are: the black man, the green man, the red one, the blue one, the rose and the rainbow๐ŸŒˆ
    4. The poem has no rhyme scheme since it’s a free verse.
    5. The poem has no stanzas and rhymes. It is a one stanza poem. It also uses short and uneven lines to convey its message.

  11. Wellman

    Thank you very much. But can you kinky clarify the question for me again? I still donโ€™t understand

    1. George

      @Wellman, which particular question are you talking about?