1.1 East African Poetry & Drama: What are some of the objectives of the course on East African Poetry & Drama?

Chapter 1 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 […]

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2.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Do you understand the institute of ritual poetry in East Africa?

EAST AFRICAN POETRY   Chapter 2 Poetry in the Pre-colonial East Africa  2.1 Analyze and appreciate the pre-colonial East African poetic forms as poetry in their own right. Introduction It is often argued that Africans never had poetry. However when you critically look at the activities that Africans engaged in, you will find enough aspects […]

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3.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Who are some of the most famous African writers? What makes African Culture rich?

Chapter 3 Poetry that Praises African Culture   3.1     Name some of the writers who have written texts praising African culture 3.1.1      Evaluate elements that make African culture rich Introduction Creative writers have sought to argue through their works the superiority of the African cultures against foreign cultures on the African soil. This has […]

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4.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Can you provide an anthological classification of poems? Do you know the various poetic devices?

Chapter 4 East African written Poetry: A Stylo-thematic  Analysis of Selected Short Poems. (Part I)   4.1      Categorize poems in any anthology Introduction This lesson and the subsequent one are specifically designed to look at some of the written short poems in East Africa as a way of helping you appreciate poetry from this region. […]

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4.2 East African Poetry & Drama: Do you understand the ways of the world poem by Richard Mabala?

Chapter 4 East African Written Poetry: A Stylo-thematic 4.2 Discuss the ways of the world poem by Richard Mabala all the while locating features of style and their functions. The Ways of the World by Richard Mabala In the previous poem, we have seen the poetic persona, a son, who is proud to carry on […]

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5.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Do you know the various stylo-thematic aspects & poetic devices of poems?

Chapter 5     East African Written Poetry A Stylo-thematic Analysis of selected Short Poems. (Part II)  5.1 Name at least three poems on economy in the selected anthology, Introduction This lesson is a continuation of the previous one. You will remember that I classified the poems in Amateshe’s anthology into three i.e. poems on social […]

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5.2 East African Poetry & Drama: What are political poems? Can you discuss their specific elements?

Chapter 5     East African Written Poetry   5.2 Define the term political poems, and list at least three political poems in the selected anthology discussing their respective tone, mood and attitude as integral elements of  the corresponding poems.   POLITICAL POEMS These are poems that respond to human activities associated with governance and leadership […]

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6.1 East African Poetry & Drama: How was Drama in Pre-Colonial East Africa?

SECTION TWO: EAST AFRICAN DRAMA Chapter 6 Drama in Pre-Colonial East Africa 6.1 Appreciate the pre-colonial East African dramatic forms as drama in their own  right. Introduction When we talk of drama in pre-colonial East Africa we mean those expressions of drama that the early people of East Africa engaged in before the white man […]

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7.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Do you know the various expressions of drama encouraged by colonialists in East Africa?

Chapter 7 Drama in Colonial East Africa 7.1 Identify the expressions of drama encouraged by colonialists in East Africa Introduction In this lesson effort is made to look at the forms of drama in East Africa which the Europeans employed or encouraged during their colonial rule. Therefore we shall limit our discussions on the period […]

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8.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Do you understand the history of Anti-colonial Drama in East Africa?

Chapter 8 Anti-colonial Drama in East Africa 8.1  Write a brief history of events that led to  Mau Mau uprising in Kenya.   Introduction After East African countries had attained independence, some writers sought to write plays and poetry about the events and personalities that had denounced and fought against colonialism. The texts also condemned […]

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8.2 East African Poetry & Drama: Can you give a Literary analysis of Kinjeketile by Ebrahim Hussein?

Chapter 8  8.2 Explain the relationship between the History of Maji Maji and the play  Kinjeketile. Literary analysis of Kinjeketile by Ebrahim Hussein   Introduction This is a fine example of a play written in an African language spoken in over five countries of the continent. It was originally written in and performed in Swahili […]

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9.1 East African Poetry & Drama: What is the role played by universities across East Africa in advancing the practice of Drama and poetry in East Africa?

Chapter 9 The Travelling Theatre in East Africa 9.1 Identify the role played by universities across East Africa in advancing the practice of Drama and poetry in East Africa. 9.1.1 List some of the activities that members of the travelling theatres engaged in. Introduction The crucial problem that has faced East African literary artists is […]

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9.2 East African Poetry & Drama: What are the major stages of development of the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival?

Chapter 9 The Travelling Theatre in East Africa 9.2  Enumerate the major stages of development of the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival. Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals Therefore this was a period of experimentation and it was proved that the use of traditional Dramatic forms added freshness to the Western Dramatic forms.  The […]

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10.1 East African Poetry & Drama: What is drama for development? Does literature need to respond to the issues of the society that creates it?

Chapter 10 Drama for Development 10.1 Define Theatre for Development and Drama for Development. 10.1.1 Discuss the reason why literature needs to respond to the issues of the society that creates it. Introduction We are aware of Theatre for Development (TfD) because it is the one we hear most of the time.  This is a […]

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11.1 East African Poetry & Drama: Do you know the prominent East African Political Dramas?

Chapter 11 Political Drama in East Africa 11.1 Summarise the political events in Kenya that led to the writing of The Successor Introduction Since independence the East African region has had a tumultuous political situations ranging from revolts to military takeovers.  Many innocent people have suffered in that process.  Political developments have been varied in […]

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11.2 East African Poetry & Drama: How well do you understand the text Shreds of Tenderness?

Chapter 11 11.2 Analyse the text Shreds of Tenderness SHREDS OF TENDERNESS Originally published under the title Music Without Tears in 1985, Shreds of Tenderness explores the historical period just after Idd Amin Dada’s regime had been overthrown in a coup of a combined force of the UNLF and Tanzanian Military troops. Amin’s government had […]

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