THE WORD AS DIVINING MEDIUM IN OKINBA LAUNKO’S DREAM–SEEKER ON DIVINING CHAIN
The paper investigates how the word, as language, is used to reflect the poetics, narrativity and socio-political commitment of Okinba Launko’s Dream –Seeker on Divining Chain. It is revealed that the poems in the collection are brought together in a multi-generic interface of orality, myth, history and dramatic performance. This multi-generic interface contributes to the poetics and the communicative potential of the collection. Besides, the chronological arrangement of the poems as a collection reflects the psychosocial disposition of the poet towards moral decadence, corruption and injustice in his society. The present critical reading and analysis of the poems lead to the conclusion that the poet assumes the consciousness of his society, probing its past, commenting on its present and projecting into its future like the arch-divinity Orunmila.