oa Lagos Notes and Records - Nigerian poetry since 1990: history, disillusionment and regenerative praxis

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0075-7640



A significant attribute of Nigerian poetry is its protean character. Every decade depending on its historical nuance, has engendered poetic offerings whose tenor and temper differ from the preceding one. Though, Nigerian Poetry is a recreation of one historical continuum, it can be calibrated into different thematics and technical realizations. The 1960s engendered poems that anchored on cultural nationalism and post-independence disillusionment, the poetry of the 1970s reflected on the Nigerian civil war, while the 1980s produced poetry with ideological orientation. The 1990s was the decade that saw the maturation of emergent poets who were born in the 1960s.

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