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Collected Poems

by Chinua Achebe (Author)



ISBN: 9781857548433


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Chinua Achebe's poetic output is gathered together in this volume by arguably the most influential African writer of the 20th century.

Chinua Achebe is one of the founding fathers of African literature in English, a writer of world stature whose novel Things Fall Apart is one of the essential works of the twentieth century. This Collected Poems draws on his three collections of poetry, and includes seven previously unpublished poems; it reveals a lifetime of poetic engagement with politics, war and culture, inherited wisdom and the making of new futures. Achebe's poems are ironic, generous and tender, drawing deep on the Igbo traditions of his African roots, confronting the continent's harsh realities of violence and exploitation.


ISBN 1857548434
ISBN13 9781857548433
Publisher Carcanet Press Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 24/11/2005
Pages 144
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 135

Table of Contents
In Lieu of a Preface: A Parable
Benin Road
Mango Seedling
Pine Tree in Spring
The Explorer
Agostinho Neto
Poems About War
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
After a War
Poems Not About War
Love Song (for Anna)
Love Cycle
Beware, Soul Brother
Generation Gap
Knowing Robs Us
Bull and Egret
Public Execution in Pictures
Gods, Men, and Others
Penalty of Godhead
Those Gods Are Children
Lament of the Sacred Python
Their Idiot Song
The Nigerian Census
He Loves Me
He Loves Me Not
We Laughed at Him