Collected Poems

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 16, 2009 - Poetry - 96 pages
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A collection of poetry spanning the full range of the African-born author's acclaimed career has been updated to include seven never-before-published works, as well as much of his early poetry that explores such themes as the African consciousness, the tragedy of Biafra, and the mysteries of human relationships.

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A look in to the legendary literary glimmer of Achebes well disected pieces of poetry will convince anyone of its pure originality and the wealth of expressive abundance that caresses each line, from a person with nothing less than the perfect mastery of his act and art. The work, a woman in a refugee camp is a most read for every African, it is a well written piece painted with the right colours of a then distressed country/nation and the fight of a woman for hope and fate. There is always a lesson to be learnt, a knowledge to be brewed and a stark of experience to be equally felt as one perouz through the lines of this masterpieces. Much is to be said on these works, but am afraid they speak for themselves already.  


Agostinho Neto
A Mother in a Refugee Camp
An If of History
After a War
Penalty of Godhead
Lament of the Sacred Python
He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

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About the author (2009)

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of modern Nigeria over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the SavannahA Man of the PeopleGirls at War and Other StoriesHome and ExileHopes and ImpedimentsCollected PoemsThe Education of a British-Protected ChildChike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Achebe is the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria’s highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

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