What is the theme of the poem An African Elegy?

What is the theme of the poem An African Elegy?

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  1. Okri’s poem revolves around the theme of African identity and one’s connection to the land. The poem serves as a beautiful exploration of African culture and history. It also points to the brave and resilient qualities of the various tribes, all thriving together in harmony in the lap of mother nature. Okri uses words like “we” to represent the identity of these people and how in spite of being shaken up by the injustices like colonization and slavery, Africans are still deeply rooted to one another and to their land. They are not ashamed of who they are and have acknowledged their scars to emerge strong. Okri uses the image of nature and wildlife to show the bountiful life in Africa and that their identity revolves around the environment.

     

    An African Elegy Summary

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