The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry

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Gerald Moore, Ulli Beier
Penguin, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 448 pages
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Throughout the century some of the most startlingly original poetry in the world has come from Africa. This new and substantially expanded edition, containing the poetry of ninety-nine poets (thirty-one of them in print for the first time) from twenty-seven countries, displays the wide-ranging forms or African verse: from war songs and political protests to poems about human love, African nature, and the surprises and ironies of modern life. Featuring modern masters of African poetry -- such as L. S. Senghor, Augustinho Neto, Tchicaya U Tam'si, Okot p'Bitek, and Christopher Okigbo -- the volume also includes poets who are still at the beginning of their development. These rich and colorful pages demonstrate a passion, spontaneity, and sensuousness uncommon in most contemporary poetry.
  

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About the author (1998)

Ulli Beier has been the director of art and research centers in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea and at the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria.
Gerald Moore is one of the foremost scholars of contemporary African anglophone poetry. He has taught at universities in various parts of Africa and in Hong Kong.

Beier has been the director of research institutes in Nigeria and New Guinea.

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