Wole Soyinka: Ogun Abibimañ

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  • Craig McLuckie

“But how can we ever be enriched ... if we do not recognise the tragic prelude to the moment of triumph?” (Wole Soyinka, Six Plays. London: Methuen, 1984. xviii)

Ogun Abibimañ (Rex Collings, 1976; Opon Ifa, 1976; Ravan, 1997) is a poetic tour de force; or, as the author would have it, a “revolutionary joie de vivre”: in his sense of a celebration of human responsibility and agency (Soyinka, Six Plays, xviii). Specifically, these 483 lines of loose blank verse, with occasional anger-induced line fractures, comprise an epic poem that celebrates President Samora Machel's decision to end a fruitless process of dialogue with the white minority regime in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and his …

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McLuckie, Craig. "Ogun Abibimañ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 April 2004
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