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Title:Nature's motions: seasonality in African poetry
Author:Ngongkum, EuniceISNI
Periodical:Annales de la Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Geographic term:Africa
About persons:Akiwande Oluwole Soyinka (1934-)
Okot p'Bitek (1931-1982)ISNI
Kwesi BrewISNI
Niyi Osundare (1947-)ISNI
John Pepper Clark (1935-)ISNI
David Rubadiri (1930-)ISNI
Abstract:Based on the premise that nature and culture are interrelated, this paper aims at showing how some African poets foreground this interrelationship as a central concern in a selection of their poems. Its focus is an ecocritical reading of the following poems: Wole Soyinka's 'Season', section seven of Okot p'Bitek's 'Song of Lawino', Kwesi Brew's 'The dry season', Niyi Osundare's 'Dry seasons', J.P. Clark's 'The year's first rain', and David Rubadiri's 'An African thunderstorm'. The paper highlights the idea of nature, expressed through seasonality, as an essential component of African culture. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]