The Promise of Hope

The Promise of Hope

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Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghanaa€™s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited collection of some of Awoonora€™s most arresting work spanning almost fifty years. Selected and edited by Awoonora€™s friend and colleague Kofi Anyidoho, himself a prominent poet and academic in Ghana, The Promise of Hope contains much of Awoonora€™s most recent unpublished poetry, along with many of his anthologized and classic poems. This engaging volume serves as a fitting contribution to the inaugural cohort of books in the African Poetry Book Series.New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013 Kofi Awoonor Kofi Anyidoho ... As explained by the poet himself, a€œmany of [his] early poems are built around central thematic lines directly translated from Akplalu. ... as a model to draw directly on his own family history to elaborate on the ancestral story began in the songs ofthe older poet, Akpalu. ... home in the voice of the sage and Guardian of the Sacred Word, inviting us to join hands and minds and souls as we Gather the Lost Lambs Home.

Title:The Promise of Hope
Author:Kofi Awoonor
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2014-03-01


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