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Christopher Okigbo is one Nigerian poet who will forever remain in mind of posterity. His landmark in the Nigerian literary scene would remain indelible. His poetry will forever remain an exciting challenge to both readers and critics alike. This is because his works remains a bizarre mixture of myths, religious symbols, traditional images, politics, authobiography and history.
His views of the poet and poetry itself were no less absurd. To him the poet is a prophet, a divinely inspired priest, a master of the cadences of worship and veneration of the gods. The poet's voice became that of a prophet, a diviner whose babbled tongue spoke nothing but the truth. He totally agreed with the classical notion of te poet as a composer, inspired performer, seer, priest and a madman. The poet for Okigbo was under a call.
The root of obsurity in his works could be traced to three factors.
In the first, he borrowed heavily from Blakes style of alienation, which made him source, and manipulate effectively materials alien to his immediate environment. Secondly, the poet employed the deviation technique, which made him move away from popular belifs and ideas. Through the deviation technique he was able to manifacture his own concepts, which were peculiar individual to him. Thirdly, in the fashion of w.B Yeats, he dabbled into the cultural belief of his people to lift, and resuscitate totems and archaic concepts, which were almost forgotten by his community.
We lost this great poet in the terrible Nigerian/Biafran civil war..
Poems of Okigbo will be publoshed in subsquent editions..

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