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From the traditional Egyptian inventors of the affection lyric to modern poets, Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry gathers jointly either written and sung love poetry from Africa.

         This anthology is a piece of literary archaeology that lays naked a style of African poetry that has been overshadowed through political poetry. Frank Chipasula has assembled a traditionally and geographically complete wealth of African love poetry that spans greater than 3 thousand years. by means of gathering a continent’s celebrations and explorations of the character of affection, he expands African literature into the chic territory of the heart.

            Bending the Bow traces the advance of African love poetry from antiquity to modernity whereas constructing a cross-millennial discussion. The anonymously written love poems from Pharaonic Egypt that open the anthology either predate Biblical love poetry and display the sturdiness of written love poetry in Africa. the center part is dedicated to sung love poetry from all areas of the continent. those nice works function the basis for contemporary poetry and testify to like poetry’s omnipresence in Africa. the ultimate part, showcasing forty-eight smooth African poets, celebrates the genre’s carrying on with power. between these represented are Muyaka bin Hajji and Shaaban Robert, two significant Swahili poets; Gabriel Okara, the leading edge although underrated Nigerian poet; Léopold Sédar Senghor, the 1st president of Senegal and a founding father of the Negritude circulate in francophone African literature; Rashidah Ismaili from Benin; Flavien Ranaivo from Madagascar; and Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa. 

            Ranging from the subtly suggestive to the brazenly erotic, this assortment highlights love’s persistence in a global too frequently riven by means of competition. Bending the Bow bears testimony to poetry’s position as conciliator whereas establishing up a brand new quarter of analysis for students and students.



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