oa Alternation - The depiction of forests/ Trees and Malawi's rural landscape in the poetry of Lupenga Mphande and Zondiwe Mbano

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This paper explores and analyses the ways in which forests/trees and Malawi's rural landscape are depicted in the poetry of Lupenga Mphande and Zondiwe Mbano, from an ecocritical perspective1. It focuses on Mphande's collection Crackle at Midnight (1998) and Mbano's poems, especially those that appear in The Unsung Song: An Anthology of Malawian Writing in English (2001). Both Mphande and Mbano come from Malawi's northern district of Mzimba. Unlike the central and southern regions of Malawi, northern Malawi has a lower population density and still retains a lot of trees, forests and bushes. The districts of northern Malawi boast the highest forest cover percentage in the country. Besides, northern Malawi is the location of the country's largest forest reserve and Africa's largest manmade forest, the South Viphya Forest Reserve.

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