n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - Ambiguity and paradoxity of time in Ali Jimale Ahmed’s poem "The Crest of Time"

Volume 6 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682



The use of time as a poetic trope or metaphor in prose narrative has a long history. From ancient Greeks, Romans, Arabians to the contemporary scene of postcolonial era, time has been employed as a central theme of many poetic works. Some of these poems are created with a particular focus on time—in real, mythical or in metaphorical settings. Discussions of these works vary from events of disaster, horror, success, victory, defeat, heroism and topics poets select to deliver their messages. The poem in our discussion here, "The Crest of Time," was created by Ali Jimale Ahmed (2012), a poet with a history of employing allegorical phrases of time such as the title "Bastardized Time." In addition to quote-worthy statements of deep reflection as in the sentence "Time‘s work is undone by time" in the very poem titled "Bastardized Time" in the collection Fear Is a Cow, Ahmed (2002) has produced other time- and travel-related poems across 3 published collections[.] Some of his recent poems in his forthcoming "Vituperative" also deal with time in its multi-faceted, multi-pronged dimensions. In this essay, I present and discuss how Ahmed utilizes time as an ambiguous and at the same time a paradoxical factor in our life.

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