Okot p'Bitek

'''Okot p'Bitek''' (7 June 1931 – 20 July 1982) was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for ''Song of Lawino'', a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised. ''Song of Lawino'' was originally written in the Acholi language, self-translated to English, and published in 1966. It was a breakthrough work, creating an audience among anglophone Africans for direct, topical poetry in English; and incorporating traditional attitudes and thinking in an accessible yet faithful literary vehicle. It was followed by the pendant ''Song of Ocol'' (1970), the husband's reply.

The ''East African Song School'' or ''Okot School poetry'' is now an academic identification of the work following his direction, also popularly called "comic singing": a forceful type of dramatic verse monologue rooted in traditional song and phraseology. Provided by Wikipedia

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by p'Bitek, Okot
Published 1974
Heinemann

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by p'Bitek, Okot
Published 1985
Heinemann

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by p'Bitek, Okot
Published 1978
Heinemann