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Title

THEMATIC CONCERNS OF TANZANIAN POETRY IN ENGLISH

Authors

MWAIFUGE Eliah S.
College of Humanities,
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
and
OMIGBULE Morufu. B.
Department of English,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12(2) 2016, pp. 153-173

Language

English

Abstract:

Tanzanian poetry in English is yet to receive an interest from critics of poetry who rather concentrate on the more widely published Kiswahili poetry. This paper examines the thematic concerns of contemporary Tanzanian poetry in English. It focuses on collections of poems from Tanzania edited by Richard Mabala entitled Summons, Charles Mloka’s The Wonderful Surgeon and Other Poems, Shilia Kaaya’s The Bleeding Heart and Other Poems, and Neema Komba’s See through the Complicated. The paper traces the development of Tanzanian poetry in English and showcases how Tanzania’s socio-political realities in particular and global humanistic concerns in general are creatively explored in the Tanzanian poetry in English. The exploration of the thematic engagements of this poetic tradition confirms the emergence of an interesting trend in contemporary Tanzanian literature as a whole. The study appropriates postcolonial discursive insights in showcasing the new Tanzanian poetic genius in particular and instantiating the widely acclaimed enduring sociological character of African literature.

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