What is Poetry? Critical Essays on Ezra Pound, Chinua Achebe, Roy Campbell, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Langston Hughes, Christopher Okigbo, Dennis Brutus, Archilochus (softcover)

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Pages:123
ISBN:1-4955-0935-4
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From the Introduction:
"Poetry is like song, or rather, poetry is song. If we say the first, we are right. If we say the second, we are also right. No wonder the Belgium committee of the Nobel Prize gave the literature prize to, of all people, Bob Dylan, in 2016. In other words, they gave it to a singer; a music composer. Which is to say that much of poetry can be sung, and much of song can be poetic."

Reviews

From the Preface, by Professor Michael J. C. Echeruo (William Safire Professor of Modern Letters, Emeritus):
"Few of us exhibit as much interest in the finer, subtler meanings of literature and culture as Obiwu does. We must feel vindicated in having a teacher of English and world literature who is also at home with the issues of consciousness, being, and feeling as Obiwu. His students, if they paid attention, would have been well prepared for some of the challenging concepts of living in this century that threaten to dehumanize us all. The double epigraph to the chapter on Christopher Okigbo and Ezra Pound, in What Is Poetry?, prefigure what the limitations of any such effort could be: a battle between death and life, Ecrits and the Gospel of St. John."

Table of Contents

Preface: Freud, Lacan, and Obiwu
Introduction: Poetic Order from Archilochus to Okigbo
Chapter One: Roy Campbell and the Angels of Modernism
Chapter Two: The Poetry of Imprecation
Chapter Three: Dennis Brutus, Orpheus, and Redemption
Chapter Four: Langston Hughes and Nnamdi Azikiwe --- A Transatlantic Discovery
Chapter Five: The Drive of Achebe's Poetry
Chapter Six: Chinua Achebe's Gift to the World
Chapter Seven: The Ecopoetics of Christopher Okigbo and Ezra Pound
Appendix/ Chapter Eight: Poetry, the Project of Hope -- Responses to Uche Peter Umez
Notes to the Chapters
Works Cited

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