oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - A note from Anita

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



man can achieve a lot in eighty years and then find himself somewhat elevated at the end of it, both in the sense of being looked up to and praised (usually for his wisdom) and also in the sense of being able to survey the landscape of his life from the dignified heights of experience. The level of the viewer is actually not important because it is, after all, a landscape shaped in the mind where the narrowing lines of perspective drive inwards, back into the past, until the vanishing point truly disappears in the time before words - looking back is made difficult because the topography of the past changes whenever a different mood washes over it. But that should not matter. What is seen and how it is seen is private when it comes to memories, though others may guess that a promise of tender green was brushed in over a bleak plain and that a scorched patch was shifted a little further to the right and then more so, almost out of sight. It is only human to make a few adjustments to one's own landscape and, in the past twenty years, many arid areas were turned into very pretty gardens where culture and the cultivated blend harmoniously.

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