1.1 Explain the objectives of the course on East African Poetry & Drama
Overall objectives of the course on East African Poetry & Drama
It is expected that by the end of the lessons in this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concrete presence of drama and poetry in East Africa before the coming of the whiteman’s knowledge of graphics (writing) and numerals (counting). You should be able to do this by giving relevant examples of dramatic and poetic expressions that existed and still do exist.
- Appreciate the abundance of East African poetry and drama. This can be done by mentioning the plays and poems written by playwrights and poets from East Africa.
- Analyse any poem or play from East Africa bearing in mind that content bears heavily on form.
- Investigate the literariness of any play or poem from East Africa bearing in mind that the content of plays from East Africa draws heavily from the socio-historical, cultural, economical and political circumstances of the region itself.
To sum up this introduction, it is worth noting that I am taking a literary sweep of East African landscape; showing how its socio historical and political events have shaped this literary landscape. I am making a claim that East African Poetry and Drama cannot be divorced from the socio historical and political events of the region because the latter provides the raw material from the former.