Myth and History in the Poetry of Osundare

Anyokwu, Christopher
December 2009
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature & Culture: A WWWeb Journal;Dec2009, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p1
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
In this article the author examines aspects of the poetry of Niyi Osundare of Nigeria. The central focus of the article is on an interpretation of Osundare's work in terms of myth and history from an African viewpoint. The article notes that Osundare works in the Yoruba oral tradition but is influenced by a Marxist ideology. The author discusses differing points of interaction and divergence in the use of myth and history in Osundare's poetry and analyzes its significance in the larger world of African literature.


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