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Title:Disruption of society as viewed in some African poems
Authors:Ngitsi, KatsuvaISNI
Mukokoma, KatungoISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Volume:16
Pages:271-289
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:poetry
literary criticism
About persons:Yusuf O. Kassam
Taban lo Liyong (1939-) pseud. for Mokotiyang RekenetISNI
Oswald Mtshali (1940-)ISNI
Okot p'Bitek (1931-1982)ISNI
David Rubadiri (1930-)ISNI
Akiwande Oluwole Soyinka (1934-)
Abstract:Poetry is a literary genre that is hard to dissect. This paper presents a methodology to help better analyse and comprehend poems. It uses the approaches of Harold Scheub (1970) and John Peck (1988) to explore themes found in six selected English-language African poems by Yusuf O. Kassam, Taban Lo Liyong, Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, Okot P'Bitek, David Rubadiri, and Wole Soyinka, respectively. The poems originate from different areas of Africa (four from East Africa, one from West Africa and one from South Africa) and show the impact of Western culture on African society. In their work, the poets are expressing their unhappiness and people's struggle for dignity. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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