Poems from Uganda by Edward Nobel Bisamunyu

Poems from Uganda

byEdward Nobel Bisamunyu

Kobo ebook | October 28, 2016

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All the poems I have published here are four-lines long. Three would have been too short and five too many but four are, I think, perfect.

A poet works within narrow and limiting bounds of his experience. I have put forward a number of poems I believe will "transport with delight," to borrow words of Longinus, a Greek literary critic, and not necessarily with joy. Delight ensues from specific personal predispositions. It is a result of the excitement due to the content of the poem or by the style in which a poem is written or both.

As a poet, I am inspired most by those poems one might call roses: beautiful. They are, in other words, a product of happy experiences. I admit also, however, to rare provocation of a host of roses "that fester," to adapt the words of William Shakespeare. Some of my poems have resulted from deep-seated reactions to the irritating actions of fellow human beings. Even as I hope they never do so again I know, of course, that they will.

This is a collection of poems I wrote over a twelve-month period drawing on the inspiration of past and current personal experiences. Some are extracts of longer poems I wrote some years ago and others were written more recently. The experiences that inspired the poems are from countries in four continents: Africa, North America, Europe and Asia so it should not be surprising that their coverage is not limited to Uganda. A smaple poem below recalls Dag Hammarskjold, the UN Secretary General whose commitment to the cause of peace in the Congo resulted in his death after his plane was shot down: 

Dag Hammarskjold
Dag Hammarskjold was born outside Africa,
But knew the conflicts of the human heart!
As he stood in the crossfire of warring sides,
He knew their war was his, his peace theirs!

I look forward to your thoughts at aedwardianhill@outlook.com.


Title:Poems from UgandaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 28, 2016Publisher:AedwardianseaLanguage:English

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