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Yoruba Eco-Proverbs In English: An Eco-Critical Study Of Niyi Osundare's Horses Of Memory

Fortress, Isaiah A. and Onwuka, Edwin Yoruba Eco-Proverbs In English: An Eco-Critical Study Of Niyi Osundare's Horses Of Memory. In: Journal Of Literary Society Of Nigeria (JLSN) New Directions In African Poetry.

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In an attempt to promote African culture and tradition, current literary trends have been witnessing an increasing use of proverbs in African writing. New proverbs are cropping up and creatively modifying old known ones. This paper examines eco-proverbs/nature proverbs and its importance as literary resource tool today, in their meanings and relevance to contemporary social and aesthetic realities. We explore how he creatively deploys known Yoruba proverbs to capture and reconstruct nature focused proverbs, and how he uses these to promote his poetic vision of the natural environment related items like fauna, flora, landscape and seascape derived from Yoruba eco-proverbs. This paper is an eco-critical enquiry into the social, aesthetic interpretation of “Who is afraid of the proverb” on one hand, and in order to further explore the dynamics of Yoruba praise poetry, we examined his poetic deployment of nature centered metaphor, personification and imagery in the poem “For the one who departed”.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 12:59
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 12:36

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