Ben Okri’s generational protest poem, “The Incandescence of the Wind”

Show simple item record Gray, Rosemary A. 2022-09-09T06:51:37Z 2021
dc.description.abstract The central premise in this article is that Ben Okri's generational protest poem, “The Incandescence of the Wind”, first published in An African Elegy (London: Jonathan Cape, 1992) and republished in Rise like Lions (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2018), seeks to make sense of a profoundly disturbing encounter with contemporary reality through a revisioning of nationhood and poetic responsibility in war-torn Nigeria in 1982. The argument draws on Wole Soyinka's The Open Sore of a Continent (New York: Oxford, 1996) and aligns its poetic aesthetic with Percy Bysshe Shelley's belief that literature can change the world (“A Defence of Poetry” [1821], in The Norton Anthology: Theory and Criticism, edited by V. Leitch, New York: W. W. Norton, 2001). The article explores the ways in which Okri intertwines the key threads of doomed nationhood and imaginative transmutation to suggest a road less travelled. As a native-born Nigerian poet, he believes he has a responsibility to remonstrate in order to heal. His is a concern for the political pressures that impinge on a nation at war with itself. His ameliorative guiding vision informs this interpretation of the poem, the characteristic theme of which is imaginative redemption of suffering by re-visioning the imagi/Nation. en_US
dc.description.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo 2023-01-14
dc.description.librarian hj2022 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Rosemary Gray (2021) Ben Okri’s Generational Protest Poem, “The Incandescence of the Wind”, Scrutiny2, 26:1, 35-46, DOI: 10.1080/18125441.2021.1933152. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1812-5441 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5409 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/18125441.2021.1933152
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © Unisa Press 2021. This is an electronic version of an article published in Scrutiny2 , vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 35-46, 2021. doi : 10.1080/18125441.2021.1933152. Scrutiny2 is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/rscr20. en_US
dc.subject African elegy en_US
dc.subject Imagi/Nation en_US
dc.subject Protest poetry en_US
dc.subject Rise like Lions en_US
dc.subject Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) en_US
dc.subject Wole Soyinka (1934-) en_US
dc.subject Incandescence of the Wind en_US
dc.subject Ben Okri (1959-) en_US
dc.title Ben Okri’s generational protest poem, “The Incandescence of the Wind” en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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