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Title:'A lucid stream of everywhereness' in Ben Okri's 'Wild' (2012): a postmodern perspective
Author:Gray, RosemaryISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:143-152
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:writers
literary criticism
poetry
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2013.834629
Abstract:The article begins by claiming that the phrase, 'a clear lucid stream of everywhereness', taken from Ben Okri's 'The landscapes within' (1981), at once encapsulates the postmodern theories of complexity and relativity and evokes a cosmic dimension and a striving for 'Dasein' (authentic human existence) that inform his poetic vision in his latest collection of poetry, 'Wild' (2012). It proceeds to argue for the complexity inherent in the notion 'postmodernism', then discusses selected poems in terms of modernity's curious dilemma of 'just now' negating the preceding 'just now', that the French philosopher Jean-François Leotard talks of, treating recurring motifs of change, transformation and continuing presence. This includes a discussion of the two poems, dedicated to the memory of Okri's late mother and father respectively, that bookend the anthology, contextualising them within postmodernity. The article concludes by assessing the importance of Okri's collection of poems. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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