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Culture and Tradition in Afro-Asian Poetry

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by John Kevin Pornel on 20 January 2013

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Transcript of Culture and Tradition in Afro-Asian Poetry

Africa In this period the native Afro-Asian countries are free from the influence of the Westerners, but that does not mean that they are now savage and barbaric, they have their own kingdoms, empires and rulings even before the Colonizers came. This is the period where struggle came.
Some of the natives were
stripped of their dignity as humans.
Some were treated as animals. At last, liberalism awakened the natives.
The love for their homelands grew more and they wanted to
have it back. They have their independence, but when the colonizers left,
nothing was left of them. Pre-Colonial Colonial Post -Colonial Saudi Arabia India Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka (born 13 July 1934)
The first black to win th Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. His plays combined Western dramatic forms with the music, dance and mime of Africa. A Dance of the Forests(1960) talks about the celebration of Nigeria’s Independence. Poems

• A Big Airplane Crashed Into The Earth (original title Poems from Prison)

• Idanre and other poems

• Mandela's Earth and other poems

• Ogun Abibiman

• Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known

• Abiku

• The Ballad of the Landlord

• After the Deluge


• Prisonnettes

• Telephone Conversation The Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights, is a collection of stories from Persia, Arabia, India and Egypt compiled over hundreds of years. Most of the stories originated as folktales, anecdotes, or fables that were passed on orally. They Include Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin, and the Seven Voyages of the Sinbad the Sailor. Tagore was the most celebrated writer of modern Indian literature. His Gitanjali (Song Offerings) led him to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. China Lao-Tzu or Laozi was referred to as the Divine Sage. The Tao-Te-Ching has an enormous influence on Chinese thought and culture. It teaches “the way” of the world, to let things go in their natural course. Be simple and passive and remain close to nature. Japan HAIKU
By Matsuo Basho 1644-1695

Many, many things
They bring to mind –
Cherry blossoms.

On a withered branch
A crow has settled
Autumn nightfall.

An old silent pond,
A frog jumps into the pond –
Splash! Silence again.

It is composed of three lines of five, seven and five syllables. Matsuo Basho was considered greatest among the Japanese haiku writers. Philippines José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda My Final Farewell by Jose Rizal
(Mi Ultimu Adios)
My Fatherland ador'd, that sadness to my sorrow lends

Beloved Filipinas, hear now my last good-by!

I give thee all: parents and kindred and friends

For I go where no slave before the oppressor bends,

Where faith can never kill, and God reigns e'er on high!



Farewell to you all, from my soul torn away,

Friends of my childhood in the home dispossessed !

Give thanks that I rest from the wearisome day !

Farewell to thee, too, sweet friend that lightened my way;

Beloved creatures all, farewell! In death there is rest! Culture and Tradition in Afro-Asian Poetry Why do we need to consider the culture and tradition of a country in understanding literature? Afro-Asian Literature mirrors not only the customs and traditions of African and Asian countries but also their philosophy of life which on the whole are deeply and predominantly contemplative and hauntingly sweet.
Afro-Asian Literature is the reflection of the storm and the stress of developing nations seeking a place under the sun which every student must understand so he may know how this literature affects the history and culture of a nation.
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