Laye, Camara. The Radiance of the King. Translated by James Kirkup, Collins, London, 1956. [S=Soyinka, Myth. 123]
"The Radiance of the King remains our earliest imaginative effort towards a modern literary aesthetic that is unquestionably African, and secular." [Soyinka, Myth, 126]Soyinka, Wole. Myth, Literature and the African World. Cambridge University Press. 1976, 1995. (R, N7)
"The epic celebrates the victory of the human spirit over forces inimical to self-extension. It concretises in the form of action the arduous birth of the individual or communal entity, creates a new being through utilizing and stressing the language of self-glorification to which human nature is healthily prone. The dramatic or tragic rites of the gods are, however, engaged with the more profound, more elusive phenomenon of being and non-being. Man can shelve and even overwhelm metaphysical uncertanties by epic feats, and prolong such a state of social euphoria by their constant recital, but this exercise in itself proves a mere surrogate to the bewildering phenomenon of the cosmic location of his being." (2)
This border is adapted from
Nature's Beauty I
by Herbert Davis
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