Grief, resurrection, and the Nigerian Civil War in Isidore Diala’s The Lure of Ash
Keywords:grief, resurrection, Nigerian Civil War, third generation Nigerian poetry, Isidore Diala
As part of the third generation of Nigerian poetry, Isidore Diala’s The Lure of Ash focuses on the Nigerian Civil War experience of 1967–1970, the grief associated with it, and the resurrection of the Biafran agitation. Being a collection that is derived from the rural world of the Igbo cosmology, Diala’s The Lure of Ash portrays the Nigerian Civil War in a sensuous and emotive tone. It accounts for the poet’s belief in the regeneration of the lives of the dead Biafran soldiers. The symbols of fire and ash are significant for interpreting the poet-speaker’s grief in the collection. The collection also succeeds in painting a picture of the Nigerian Civil War experience where the bitter memory of the war resonates, while representing poetry as the healer of the pain and wounds of the war.
Abba, Abba A. “Birth, Death and Re-birth: The Trope of Eternal Rejuvenation in Isidore Diala’s The Lure of Ash.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2018, pp. 1–15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989418773138.
Adesanmi, Pius & Chris Dunton. “Nigeria’s Third Generation Writing: Historiography and Preliminary Theoretical Considerations.” English in Africa vol. 32, no. 1, 2005, pp. 7–19. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40239026.
Awuzie, Solomon. “Mirroring the Society, Mirroring its Hospital: Hyginus Ekwuazi’s Poetry and the Challenge of Nation-Building.” English Studies at NBU vol. 5, no. 1, 2019, pp. 77–91. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.19.1.4.
Currey, James. Africa Writes Back: The African Writers Series and the Launch of African Literature. James Currey; Ohio U P; HEBN, 2008.
Diala, Isidore. Dionysos, Christ, Agwu and the African Writer. Imo State U P, 2019.
Diala, Isidore. The Lure of Ash. Nok International, 1997.
Diala, Isidore. “Okigbo’s Drum Elegies”. Research in African Literature vol 46, no 3, 2015, pp 85–111. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2979/reseafrilite.46.3.85.
Egudu, Romanus. “Ezra Pound in African Poetry: Christopher Okigbo.” Comparative Literature Studies vol. 8, no. 2, 1971, pp. 143–54. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40467936.
Egya, Sule E. “Historicity, Power, Dissidence: The Third-Generation Poetry and Military Oppression in Nigeria.” African Affairs vol. 111, no. 444, 2012, pp. 424–41. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/afraf/ads025.
Furniss, Graham. “Hausa Poetry on the Nigerian Civil War.” African Languages and Cultures vol. 4, no. 1, 1991, pp. 21–8. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1771678.
Garuba, Harry. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Re-figuring Trends in Recent Nigerian Poetry.” English in Africa vol. 32, no. 1, 2005, pp. 51–72. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40239029.
Obiechina, Emmanuel. “Poetry as Therapy: Reflections on Achebe’s Christmas in Biafra and Other Poems.” Callaloo vol. 25, no .2, 2002, pp. 527–58. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3300585.
Ushie, Joe. “Phases in Nigerian Poetry in English.” New Nigerian Poetry vol. 3, no. 1, 2005, pp. 11–25.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2021 Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.