In analyzing each of the techniques and devices Okot p'Bitek uses in S ong of Lawino and Song of Ocol in this Chapter, we fulfil one of the requirements of our analysis. In this Chapter One, we deal with the Summary of the poems, the characters and characterization, the point of view, the context of the poems, the imagery, form and interpretation, the mood, the theme, and finally the philosophy of life of the author. In graphic metaphor and with grammatical intensity, the author presents the conflict between modern civilization and old traditions. Song of Lawino is an epic poem written by Ugandan poet Okot p' Bitek. First published in in Luo then after translated into other languages, including English. Song of Lawino has become one of the most widely read literary works originating from sub-Saharan Africa that addresses the issues facing a liberated Africa.
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Her university-educated husband has adopted Western ways, rejected her, and taken another, Westernized woman. Although the work was turned down by several British publishers, in it became a bestseller. The poem uses the literary device of a female character to address issues that were facing Africa at the time.
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Song of Lawino
Song of Lawino is an epic poem written by Ugandan poet Okot p'Bitek. First published in in Acholi Luo , it was quickly translated into other languages, including English. Song of Lawino has become one of the most widely read literary works originating from Sub-Saharan Africa. It has also become culturally iconic within Africa , because of its scathing display of how African society was being destroyed by the colonization of Africa. Song of Lawino was originally written in rhyming couplets and had a regular meter.
BOOK REVIEW : Song of Lawino By Okot P’Bitek
Listen, my clansmen, I cry over my husband Whose head is lost. Ocol has lost his head In the forest of books. When my husband Was still wooing me His eyes were still alive, His eyes were still unblocked, Ocol had not yet become a fool My friend was still a man then! He had not yet become a woman, He was still a free man, His heart was still his chief. My husband was still a Black man. The son of the Bull The son of Agik. The woman from Okol Was still a man, An Acoli.
Song of Lawino by Okot p’Bitek