Grief, resurrection, and the Nigerian Civil War in Isidore Diala’s The Lure of Ash

As part of the third generation of Nigerian poetry, Isidore Diala’s The Lure of Ash focuses on the Nigerian Civil War experience of 1967–1970, the grief associated with it, and the resurrection of the Biafran agitation. Being a collection that is derived from the rural world of the Igbo cosmology, D...

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Published in: Tydskrif vir letterkunde Vol. 58; no. 2; pp. 1 - 7
Main Author: Awuzie, Solomon
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association 06-21-2021
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Summary: As part of the third generation of Nigerian poetry, Isidore Diala’s The Lure of Ash focuses on the Nigerian Civil War experience of 1967–1970, the grief associated with it, and the resurrection of the Biafran agitation. Being a collection that is derived from the rural world of the Igbo cosmology, Diala’s The Lure of Ash portrays the Nigerian Civil War in a sensuous and emotive tone. It accounts for the poet’s belief in the regeneration of the lives of the dead Biafran soldiers. The symbols of fire and ash are significant for interpreting the poet-speaker’s grief in the collection. The collection also succeeds in painting a picture of the Nigerian Civil War experience where the bitter memory of the war resonates, while representing poetry as the healer of the pain and wounds of the war.
ISSN: 0041-476X
2309-9070
DOI: 10.17159/tl.v58i2.6793