TITLE: THE SONG OF OUR FATHER
AUTHORS: EMMANUEL AYIBAEMI FRANK-OPIGO
NUMBER OF PAGES: 258
PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM, 2018
REVIEW: OPIGO RECONSTRUCTS DECADES OF HISTORY IN ‘THE SONG OF OUR FATHER’ AND HE DOES IT SO COMPREHENSIVELY…IT IS A NETWORK OF PROSE AND POETRY AND DRAMA
“In The Song of Our Father, Emmanuel Ayibaemi Frank-Opigo has retold, in poetic form, his father’s story, as presented in the latter’s memoir, Down River Nun. He makes is more pungent with rhyme and rhythm. The Song of Our Father not only tells a story but also protests injustice, which is aptly summarized in the satire in the Appendix: Where Is Chief Frank-Opigo Road?”
– Emmanuel Frank-Opigo
“The Song of our Father is an experimental prosaic poetry that has history, culture, and tradition as its primary backdrop. Opigo’s verses might defy classification because they don’t fall neatly into any particular genre, style or trend in poetry. This is totally new and it is written in the tradition of long-versed and epic poetry like Milton’s The Pilgrim Progress, Okot B’Itek’s Songs of Lawino and even Tade Ipadeola’s Sahara Testament. The collection is inspired by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales only that this covers a larger rubric and canvas than the former.
In this collection Opigo experiments with a style of poetry, we can loosely refer to as “non-fiction poetry”. It has characters that are straight out of Nigeria’s history and even the poet’s life. It has a certain level of originality that gives the collection credence and makes the reader want to go out looking for these allusions in history, textbooks, and other narratives.”
– EUGENE YAKUBU, Book Reviewer & Critic
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