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Title:The eagle's vision: the poetry of Tanure Ojaide
Author:Sallah, Tijan M.ISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Nigeria
About person:Tanure Ojaide (1948-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3820084
Abstract:This article examines the work of the poet Tanure Ojaide, who belongs to the new generation of African poets. Born in 1948 in Bendel State, Delta Region, Nigeria, he has published more than five books of poetry. What makes his poetry appealing is not only its technical qualities but its cultural integrity. His writings are consistently rich and deeply rooted in the Delta Region. If there is a persistent and unifying theme in most of his work, it is a single-minded detestation of tyrants combined with an obsessive commitment to social justice. The broad latitude of the themes treated in his work is apparent, for example, in 'The Eagle's vision' (1987), in which he treats the problems of environmental degradation in the Sahel, the persecution of Jews by Nazis, and the black suffering under American white racism. This essay treats Ojaide's work within a meaningful triadic framework, rotating around three themes: his life, artistry, and social vision. Bibliogr.