Thursday, November 15, 2007

To All Afro-Asian Lit Students

Hi, guys. I now officially start our interactive discussion on Afro-Asian and Third world Literature.

We will start with African Literature. Read this poem and be ready for discussion.


by David Diop

Africa my Africa

Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs

Africa of whom my grandmother sings

On the banks of the distant river

I have never known you

But your blood flows in my veins

Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields

The blood of your sweat

The sweat of your work

The work of your slaveryAfrica, tell me Africa

Is this your back that is unbent

This back that never breaks under the weight of humiliation

This back trembling with red scars

And saying no to the whip under the midday sun

But a grave voice answers meImpetuous child that tree, young and strong

That tree over thereSplendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers

That is your Africa springing up anew

Springing up patiently, obstinately

Whose fruit bit by bit acquires

The bitter taste of liberty.

1 comment:

juvy said...

Sir naricv u na po c presentation q?
wen po aq mareport?