The Nigerian civil war (1967–70), which was the culminating point of the series of political crises in that country since 1962, has provided some of the Nigerian poets with the opportunity of manifesting through art the nature of their feelings about life and human values. The war period — a period of death — has thus become a period of poetic harvest, just as death is the ‘harvest of God’, to borrow the words of J. P. Clark.1A full collection of poetry about the civil war is yet to be made; but Wole Soyinka, J. P. Clark and Chinua Achebe have published books of their war poems in which the civil war (or war in general) is presented as a deadly event in a nation’s history.


Deadly Event Brotherly Love Burnt Offering Hollow Twig Dead Poet 
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  1. 8.
    See M. L. Rosenthal, The Modern Poets ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1960 ), p. 50.Google Scholar
  2. 15.
    See R. B. Nye and J. E. Morpurgo, A History of the United States, Vol. II: The Growth of the United States (Penguin Books, 3rd ed., 1965; repr. 1967), p. 694.Google Scholar

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  • R. N. Egudu
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  1. 1.University of BeninBenin CityNigeria

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