Early Poems

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Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Prize laureate and Nigerian exile, has been described by The New York Times as "one of the most compelling literary voices in black Africa." This collection brings together Idanre and Other Poems and A Shuttle in the Crypt, two powerful and distinctive volumes of Soyinka's early poetry.
The first set of poems, Idanre and Other Poems, traces the author's increasingly radical political awareness and the growth of his appreciation for Africa's indigenous ...
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Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Prize laureate and Nigerian exile, has been described by The New York Times as "one of the most compelling literary voices in black Africa." This collection brings together Idanre and Other Poems and A Shuttle in the Crypt, two powerful and distinctive volumes of Soyinka's early poetry.
The first set of poems, Idanre and Other Poems, traces the author's increasingly radical political awareness and the growth of his appreciation for Africa's indigenous cultural traditions. The second set of poems, A Shuttle in the Crypt, was written by Soyinka after his arrest in 1967 by the Nigerian government for writings sympathetic to secessionist Biafra and placement in solitary confinement for twenty-two months. These poems, penned during his imprisonment, often in the dark, on cigarette packs and toilet paper, describe the loss of human contact and ponder the future of Africa continuously at war with itself.
Taken as a whole, Soyinka's early poetry may be viewed as a valiant effort to reconcile the mysterious legacy of the old with the often harsh realities of an entire continent's abrupt entry into the twentieth century.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195119701
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/16/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Wole Soyinka, an internationally acclaimed playwright, essayist, and memoirist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. In exile from his Nigerian homeland, he is currently Woodruff Professor of the Arts at Emory University. He is the author of Open Sore of a Continent.

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Table of Contents

Dawn 5
Death in the Dawn 6
Around Us, Dawning 8
Luo Plains 9
In Memory of Segun Awolowo 10
The Dreamer 13
The Hunchback of Dugbe 14
The Last Lamp 16
Easter 17
Koko Oloro 19
Dedication 20
A Cry in the Night 21
A First Deathday 22
For the Piper Daughters (1960) 23
Abiku 24
To My First White Hairs 26
Post Mortem 27
Song: Deserted Markets 29
Psalm 30
Her Joy Is Wild 31
Black Singer 32
Bringer of Peace 33
To One, In Labour 34
In Paths of Rain 35
By Little Loving 37
I Think It Rains 39
Prisoner 40
Season 41
Night 42
Fado Singer 43
Ikeja, Friday, Four O'clock 45
Harvest of Hate 46
Massacre, October '66 47
Civilian and Soldier 49
For Fajuyi 50
Malediction 51
Preface 53
Idanre 57
Notes 82
Preface 87
O Roots! 91
Conversation at night with a cockroach 95
A cobweb's touch in the dark 104
When seasons change 105
To the madmen over the wall 108
I anoint my flesh (Tenth day of fast) 109
Joseph (to Mrs Potiphar) 111
Hamlet 112
Gulliver 113
Ulysses (Notes from here to my Joyce class) 117
Chimes of Silence 121
Bearings 124
I Waiting Wall 124
II Wall of Mists 125
III Amber Wall 127
IV Purgatory 128
V Vault Centre 129
Procession 131
Last turning (The last among the five) 137
Recession (Mahapralaya) 139
Hunt of the stone (Interlude for the meteor that plunged earthwards months later, and fell - within the hanging yard?) 141
Space 144
Seed 146
Live burial 150
Flowers for my land 152
Animystic spells 156
Background and friezes 162
Future plans 165
Relief (or Wedding in a minor key) 167
Capital 169
Ujamaa (for Julius Nyerere) 170
Ever-ready bank accounts 171
Apres la guerre 174
Journey 175
And what of it if thus he died? 177
For Christopher Okigbo 179
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