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.
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Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol are among the most successful African literary works. Song of Lawino is an African woman's lamentation over the cultural death of her western educated husband - Ocol. In Song of Ocol the husband tries to justify his cultural apostasy. These songs were translated from Acholi by the author.
They evince a fascinating flavour of the African rhythmical idiom. Okot p'Bitek. Okot p'Bitek was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino , a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised. Song of Lawino was originally written in Acholi language, and self-translated to English, and published in It was a breakthrough work, creating an audience amongst anglophone Africans for direct, topical poetry in English; and incorporating traditional attitudes and thinking in an accessible yet faithful literary vehicle.
It was followed by the pendant Song of Ocol , the husband's reply. Home Literature Poetry. Book Preview. About the Author Okot p'Bitek Okot p'Bitek was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino , a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised.
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Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol
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. The poem is told from the point of view of Lawino in the first person.
Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol
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An estranged couple speak of their marital difficulties, which encapsulate the social problems of postcolonial Africa. He rejected the Christian faith of his parents in the early s, and wrote his most famous works in his native Acoli rather than in English. His essays ruthlessly critique Africans who have fallen under the spell of such European ideas as Christianity or socialism. His scholarly work provides a deeply sympathetic defense of Acoli culture. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol provides vivid records of the pres life and customs of the Acoli.
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