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Title:Post-war Nigeria and the poetry of anger
Author:Nwachukwu-Agbada, J.O.J.
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The anger of the postwar poet in Nigeria stems not only from the failure of elite culture but also from the negative correlates of the civil war, the oil wealth euphoria, the ideology of capitalistic economic formation, and the culture of successive militaristic totalitarian dictatorships. This article identifies the peculiar tenor of the new Nigerian poets. This tenor comes close to what Femi Osofisan calls 'song of anguish' resulting from the fact that 'the poet is the citizen who experiences at its most poignant (the) physical and spiritual hurt' about his social and physical environment. A review of these poets shows that their poetry paints a picture of suffering and deprivation, satirizes the military regime and the country, and records the pain of the inhabitants of the shantytowns of Lagos. Anger is also directed at the local rulers who took over from the colonial overlords. Bibliogr., notes, ref.