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Title:

Collected Poems
 

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Genres:

Poetry

Editions:

# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 2004-00-00 Anchor  

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Summary (From the publisher):

In this moving and powerful collection of poetry, acclaimed African writer Chinua Achebe deploys his prodigious literary gifts to produce verse that ranges from an account of the tragedy of Biafra to an appeal to African consciousness, from a gentle mockery of tradition to a recollection of personal relationships. Achebe's poems are marked by a subtle richness of language, which blends simplicity and eloquence, fierceness and tenderness, and a careful attention to the minute--a facial expression, a wrinkled hand, a sunbeam--as a means of expanding on the more perplexing aspects of life--death, suffering, life's strange inconsistencies and paradoxes. This collection celebrates Africa's foremost novelist as an equally skilled and accomplished poet.

Contents:

In lieu of a preface : a parable
1966
Benin road
Mango seedling
Pine tree in spring
The explorer
Agostinho Neto
The first shot
A mother in a refugee camp
Christmas in Biafra (1969)
Air raid
Biafra, 1969
An "If" of history
Remembrance day
A wake for Okigbo
27
After a war
Love song (for Anna)
Love cycle
Question
Answer
Beware, soul brother
NON-commitment
Generation gap
Misunderstanding
Knowing robs us
Bull and egret
Lazarus
Vultures
Public execution in pictures
Penalty of Godhead
Those gods are children
Lament of the sacred python
Their idiot song
The Nigerian census
Flying
He loves me; he loves me not
Dereliction
We laughed at him

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