Neo-Tarzanism: The Poetics of Pseudo-Tradition

  title={Neo-Tarzanism: The Poetics of Pseudo-Tradition},
  author={W. Soyinka},
  journal={Transition: An International Review},
  • W. Soyinka
  • Published 1975
  • Art
  • Transition: An International Review
Pretenders to the crown of Pontifex Maximus of African poetics must learn to mind the thorns. For a start, especially when their credentials are declared to be a love and espousal of the virtues of traditional African poetry, they must penetrate into what constitutes poetry in traditional art or be contradicted by their own limitations and superficial understanding of this activity of the imagination. Traditional African poetry is not merely those verses which, being easiest to translate, have… Expand
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