The poetry of an orphaned nation: newspaper poetry and the death of Nyerere

  title={The poetry of an orphaned nation: newspaper poetry and the death of Nyerere},
  author={Mary Ann Mhina},
  journal={Journal of Eastern African Studies},
  pages={497 - 514}
  • M. Mhina
  • Published 3 July 2014
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Eastern African Studies
This article takes as its starting point readership poetry published in newspapers following the death of Julius Nyerere in October 1999, taking these as an incidence in which popular literature can help us to explore political phenomena. Through analysis of these poems it explores the ‘Father of the Nation’, as Nyerere was often known, as both narrative and discoursive. Using this particular manifestation of mourning for his death as a starting point, it explores some of the ways in which the… 

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