Nairaland Forum

Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / Login / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 1237966 members, 1649550 topics. Date: Wednesday, 23 April 2014 at 07:50 AM

Popular Works Of African Poets. - Literature (2) - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Entertainment / Literature / Popular Works Of African Poets. (23619 Views)

Why You Should Stay Away From Poets / Get The Complete Works Of Famous Authors / Famous Books Of African Authors (1) (2) (3) (4)

(0) (1) (2) (Reply) (Go Down)

Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by eghost247(m): 6:31am On Nov 26, 2010
[color=#990000][/color]



THE CASUALTIES
John Pepper Clark

The casualties are not only those who are dead;

They are well out of it.

The casualties are not only those who are wounded,

Thought they await burial by installment

The casualties are not only those who have lost

Person or property, hard as it is

To grape for a touch that some

May not know is not there

The casualties are not those led away by night;

The cell is a cruel place, sometimes a heaven,

No where as absolute as the grave

The casualties are not those who started

A fire and now cannot put to out. Thousands

Are burning that had no say in the matter.

The casualties are not only those who escaping

The shattered shell become prisoners in

A fortress of falling walls.



The casualties are many, and a good number well

Outside the scene of ravage and wreck;

They are the emissaries of rift,

So smug in smoke-room they haunt abroad,

They are wandering minstrels who, beating on

The drum of human heart, draw the world

Into a dance with rites it does not know



The drum overwhelm the guns…

Caught in the clash of counter claims and charges

When not in the niche others have left,

We fall.

All casualties of war,

Because we cannot hear other speak,

Because eyes have ceased to see the face from the crowd,

Because whether we know or

Do not know the extent of wrong on all sides,

We are characters now other than before

The war began, the stay- at- home unsettled

By taxes and rumor, the looter for office

And wares, fearful everyday the owners may return,

We are all casualties,

All sagging as are

The case celebrated for kwashiorkor,

The unforeseen camp-follower of not just our war.
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by holydante(m): 10:39am On Nov 26, 2010
eldee:

I don't live in Naij . . . tried ebay and Amazon, the only copy I found is about £100.

100 QUID? shocked thats a no no, by next week, i will give CMS book shop a trial as i should work around there around there.

Afroprince:

oh my God, Africa by JP Clark is a classic, can recite it till date, i am loving this thread!!! Lemme share a poem i wrote:

Love is Love - Fado

Love is love
Love is like a dove
It spreads its wings
Without a fling, these days? cheesy
It expects no sting
But just wanna sing
Great songs of inspiration
That has no fixed duration

Love roars like a beast
Looking for nothing but a feast
It ignites like a flame
And trades no blame
It has no pride
But simply wants a bride
To cherish and to hold
Not to tarnish and scold

Love has no width and length
But dwells on trust and strength
It’s only for the strong to desire
And for the weak to retire
Love heals with ease
And can only thrive on peace
So love like u mean it
If its love, its not deceit

Nice one prince, but what is the footnote to the poem? if written out of your love experience, then you are obviously having a blast in your relationship cheesy cheesy
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by javalove(m): 3:39pm On Nov 26, 2010
Damn Damn Damn grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

this thread has made my year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Memories. . .memories. . .memories. . .

@eldee

so iwo na ma n ya ibi? grin grin oga ooo. . .

Abeg. . .can you post "A Plea For Mercy" by Kwesi Brew. . .not "A Plea for Mercy Johnson ooo" grin


#Javalove. . .unless otherwise stated. . .!
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by ehie(f): 4:58pm On Nov 26, 2010
The pauper
Richard Ntiru

Pauper, pauper, craning yours eyes
in all directions, in no direction!
What brutal force, malignant element
dared to forge your piteous fate?
Was it worth the effort, the time?

You limply lean on a leafless tree,
nursing the jiggers that shrivel your bottom,
like a baby newly born to an old woman.
What crime, what treason did you commit,
that you are thus condemned?

And when you trudge on your Hot pads,
gullied like the soles of modern shoes,
pads that even jiggers cannot conquer.
Does He admire your sense of endurance
or turn his head away from your impudent presence?

You sit alone on hairless goatskins,
your ribs and bones reflecting the light
that beautiful cars reflect on you,
squashing lice between your nails
and cleaning your nails with dry saliva.

And when He looks at the grimy coating
caking off your emaciated skin,
at the rust that uproots all your teeth,
like a pick on a stony piece of land.
Does He pat his paunch at the wonderful sight?

Pauper, pauper crouching in beautiful verandas
of beautiful cities and beautiful people.
Tourists and I will take you snapshots.
And your MP with a shining head and triple chin
will mourn your fate in a supplementary question at
question time.

Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by ehie(f): 5:01pm On Nov 26, 2010
Heritage

Countee Cullen

What is Africa to me?

Copper sun or scarlet sea,

Jungle star or jungle track,

Strong bronzed men, or regal black

Women from whose loins I sprang

When the birds of Eden sang?

One three centuries removed

From the scenes his fathers loved,
Spicy grove, cinnamon tree,
What is Africa to me?

So I lie, who all day long
Want no sound except the song
Sung by wild barbaric birds
Goading massive jungle herds,
Juggernauts of flesh that pass
Trampling tall defiant grass
Where young forest lovers lie,
Plighting troth beneath the sky.
So I lie, who always hear,
Though I cram against my ear
Both my thumbs, and keep them there,
Great drums throbbing through the air.
So I lie, whose fount of pride,
Dear distress, and joy allied,
Is my somber flesh and skin,
With the dark blood dammed within
Like great pulsing tides of wine
That, I fear, must burst the fine
Channels of the chafing net
Where they surge and foam and fret.

Africa?A book one thumbs
Listlessly, till slumber comes.
Unremembered are her bats
Circling through the night, her cats
Crouching in the river reeds,
Stalking gentle flesh that feeds
By the river brink; no more
Does the bugle-throated roar
Cry that monarch claws have leapt
From the scabbards where they slept.
Silver snakes that once a year
Doff the lovely coats you wear,
Seek no covert in your fear
Lest a mortal eye should see;
What's your unclothedness to me?
Here no leprous flowers rear
Fierce corollas in the air;
Here no bodies sleek and wet,
Dripping mingled rain and sweat,
Tread the savage measures of
Jungle boys and girls in love.
What is last year's snow to me,
Last year's anything?The tree
Budding yearly must forget
How its past arose or set­­
Bough and blossom, flower, fruit,
Even what shy bird with mute
Wonder at her travail there,
Meekly labored in its hair.
One three centuries removed
From the scenes his fathers loved,
Spicy grove, cinnamon tree,
What is Africa to me?
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by ehie(f): 5:07pm On Nov 26, 2010
i have to pst TS eLLIOT'S hOLLOW mEN

Mistah Kurtz -- he dead.




A penny for the Old Guy




I


We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by ishadosi: 6:20pm On Feb 23, 2011
someone should please help with Atukwei Okai's Rosimaya and Elavanyo Concerto.
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by jesuisroya: 11:32pm On Sep 20, 2011
Theres this poem about two neighbours building walls, to separate their houses and the walls finally ended up killng them. PLEASE, can anyone remember the title of the poem?
Thanks,
Alison
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by kingpin17(m): 6:36am On Apr 17, 2012
mrgbite: nice,nice, can anyone post ''when a strainer takes in water" i have forgotten the author now but it remains indelible in my mind for its afrocentric flavour.

When the strainer takes in water was translated by Babalola. I shall attempt to write a few of the lines from memory

When a strainer takes in water
the water immediately goes out of it
When the wicker fish trap takes in water
the water immediately goes out of it

The drake cannot in a fit of anger crow
Owawa cannot in a fit of anger howl from dusk till dawn

Oriji leaf commands those who are angry with me to forgive me
Let their anger subside

This is all I remember but I know there's more.
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by m_asolanke: 1:49pm On Nov 06, 2012
Africa
Africa my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
On the banks of the distant river
I have never known you
But your blood flows in my veins
Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields
The blood of your sweat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
The slavery of your children.

Africa, tell me Africa
Is this your back that is unbent
This back that never breaks under the weight of humiliation
This back trembling with red scars
And saying no to the whip under the midday sun.

But a grave voice answers me
Impetuous child that tree, young and strong
That tree over there
Splendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers
That is your Africa springing up anew
Springing up patiently, obstinately
Whose fruit bit by bit acquires
The bitter taste of liberty.

Poem by David Diop
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by mubarak opeyemi: 8:45pm On Nov 14, 2012
jesuisroya
that's parable by william souter.

Parable - william souter

two neighbours who were rather dense,
Considered that their mutual fence
Were more symbolic of their peace
(Which they maintained should never
cease)
If each about his home and garden Set up a more substantial warden.
Quickly they cleared away the fence
To build a wall at great expense;
And soon their little plots of ground
Were barricaded all around:
Yet still they added stone to stone, As if they never would be done,
For when one neighbour seemed to tire
The other shouted: Higher! Higher! Thus day by day in their unease,
They built the battlements of peace
Whose shadows, like a gathering blot,
Darkened on each neglected plot,
Until the ground, so overcast,
Became a rank and weedy waste. Now in obsession they uprear;
Jealous and proud, and full of fear:
And, lest they halt for lack of stone,
They pull their dwelling-houses down.
At last, by their insane excess,
Their ramparts guard a wilderness; And hate, arising out of shame,
Flares up into a wondrous flame:
They curse; they strike; they break the
wall
Which buries them beneath its fall.
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by enebeli ifeanyi: 1:22pm On Nov 15, 2012
guys you cant avoid to miss my latest published poems
RAT IN THE BOTTLE.
GO AWAY NIGHTINGALE.
AGONY OF AN OKADA RIDER.
INSECURE.
I SAW AN OLD WOMAN. etc
jst click d below link.
http://www.poemhunter.com/enebeli-ifyprada/
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by enebeli ifeanyi: 12:32pm On Nov 18, 2012
Though am nt a popular poet, i wil be sumday..
Check out my poems in the below link and comment.
http://www.poemhunter.com/enebeli-ifyprada/
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by afroxyz: 5:33pm On Nov 21, 2012
ehie: i have to pst TS eLLIOT'S hOLLOW mEN

Mistah Kurtz -- he dead.




A penny for the Old Guy




I


We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

Like seriously in a thread for works by African poets?
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by Arkhin(m): 11:03pm On Jan 25, 2013
I want to attempt when a strainer takes in water.

When a strainer takes in water
All the water immediately goes out of it
When a wicker fish trap takes in water
All the water immediately goes out of it.
The drake cannot, in a fit of anger, crow
Owawa cannot even in a fit of anger howl from dusk to dawn
The day the red monkey meets the Alapini, it forgets its anger
A blacksmith never knows what to forge with an iron dross
Oriji leaf commands you to forgive me
No matter what i may have done amiss.
Let all those who are annoyed with me
Let all those who have risen against me
Let them have no power over me
Let their anger subside.
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by J12(m): 7:38am On Feb 28, 2013
There's this poem, I'm trying to remember the correct title but I think its - "The way I'll like to die". I'll be grateful if someone writes out that poem here for me
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by tonjoan: 10:31am On Mar 23, 2013
Your request of letter Martha 17...

“Letter to Martha 17”
In prison
the clouds assume importance
and the birds
With a small spice of sky
cut off by walls
of bleak hostility
and pressed upon by hostile authority
the mind turns upwards
when it can –
there can be no hope
of seeing the stars:
the arch and fluorescents
have blotted them out –
the complex aeronautics
of the birds
and their exuberant acrobatics
become matters of intrigued speculation
and wonderment
cliches about the freedom of the birds
and their absolute freedom from care
become meaningful
and the graceful unimpeded motion of the clouds
a kind of music, poetry, dance –
sends delicate rhythms tremoring through the flesh
and fantasies course easily through the mind[color=#990000][/color]
− where are they going
where will they dissolve
will they be seen by those at home
and whom will they delight.
− Dennis Brutus

ifyalways: My Favorite.
Please can anyone write J.P Clarks " In Prison" for me?
It goes this way "In prison,the clouds assume importance . . . "
Re: Popular Works Of African Poets. by protocol(m): 11:46pm On Mar 28
J12: There's this poem, I'm trying to remember the correct title but I think its - "The way I'll like to die". I'll be grateful if someone writes out that poem here for me

The Way I Would Like to Die
Written by Raphael Ernest Grail Armattoe


This is the way I’d like to go,
If you must know.
I would like to go while still young,
While the dew is wet on the grass;

To perish in a great air crash,
With a silver ‘plane burning bright
Like a flashing star in the night;
While the huge wreckage all ablaze,
Shines brightly for my last embrace
I’d like to see the flames consume
Each nerve and bone and hair and nail,
Till of dust naught but ash remains.
Or as stone, swiftly sink unseen.
But if I should hear someone wail,
Because dust has gone back to dust,
Mad with fury, I shall return
To smite the poor wretch on the head.
So, let me go when I am young,
And the dew is still on the fern,
With a silver ‘plane burning bright,
Like a flashing star in the night.
Mother, do not grieve when I’m gone!
This is my wish, I’d have it so.
This mere burden of flesh was I,
Whom you loved and tended dearly
But you, my love, where’er you be,
Remember these warm lips of mine
That poured their youthful passion out,
These wide eyes that mirrored my soul
And beheld wonders in your eyes;
This mind that godlike stood alone,
The head that lay in your gentle lap,
The very hand that held this pen,
The heart that daring reached the heights,
The all of me that gave you joy,
Cleansed now of all impurities
By the red all-devouring flames,
Will though dust, remain, believe me,
Part of th’eternal Mind of God.

Source: West African Verse, An Anthology Chosen and Annonated by Donatus I. Nwoga

(0) (1) (2) (Reply)

I DO :THE REVELATION - A STORY / Ghost-full / Wole Soyinka With A Guitar (Picture)

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2014 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See Nairalist and How To Advertise
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.