THE THING WITH INTERPRETERS (an essay by Oludipe Oyin Samuel)

Many things are allowed in the ‘most contemporary’ Nigerian literature, even psycho-imaginative meningioma; proclaim the very art of purposeful nationalist writing— countryside lyricals, activist poems from the contained ghetto-minds— I say the dynamics are vastly enmeshed in the spurring notes of sincere satire and a so self-indicting, predictable sadness, that...

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HOW TO ANALYZE A POEM (PART 2)

Knowing that poetry uses compact language, expressing complex feelings, it is important to understand that a poem has multiple meanings —  Akpoviri Don Veta Akpoveta Today, we continue our lecture on ‘ANALYZING A POEM’ (READ PART 1 HERE): NAMES OF CHARACTERS: Does the name of a character suggest extra meaning, such as...

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REVIEW OF ‘TELL ÀYÒKÁ’

I have witnessed …the death Of many hills Who died the death Of gradual tractor graze. I have witnessed …the fall Of many mountains Who crumbled before The feet of bastard bulldozers. I have witnessed …how forests became factories How beaches became bridges Day became a night and Plays became...

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