Social action in Nigerian English language poetry: A linguistic change in poetic discourse

  • SI Duruoha


It is important to note that language plays an essential role in the production of poetry. This is even more so in Nigeria where the art of poetry is mostly practiced in the English Language, a language that is the arrowhead of our colonial heritage. This is why the changes or variations in usage of this language have become a reflection of the people's temperament from the colonial times to the present. This paper looks at the use of English in Nigerian poetry from 1950 to the present with the aim of underscoring the linguistic changes in poetic discourse as a form of social action.

Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8(1) 2005: 136-141




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