The image of the woman in Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino and song of Ocol
par Guershom Kambasu Muliro
Unviersité de Kisangani (RDC) - Licence 2007
In any literary work, the writer wants to share his experience and his point of view with his contemporaries. We need also to share the point of view of the Eastern Ugandan poet Okot p'Bitek in his poems Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol. We are interested in reading him with care so that we can interpret his thinking. So then, we can share or reject his opinion. In our field of work, we want to analyse Okot p'Bitek's poems and find the developed themes to discover the image of the woman.
The purpose of this work is to analyse some literary techniques used in Okot p'Bitek's poems to enrich the meaning of Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol. This analysis will help us to enter p'Bitek's mind and discover the deep hidden image of the woman portrayed in those poems.
Our analysis will also help us find how and why the main characters act as they do.
Every domain of research has its own methodology. It can require a questionnaire, an interview, an explication...
As quoted by Vwakya (2006:3) there are three major ways to write about work of literature and art. One can write to
- Understand a work of Literature,
- Interpret a work of Literature,
- To evaluate a work of Literature.
One our part, however, we are going to deal with analyzing the poems in order to interpret them and find out the image portrayed in those poems. In our analysis, some factors such as social, religious, educational, contribute in supporting our themes as well.
In short, we are going to apply the new Criticism in our analysis so that we can study each social problem from the first page to the last. Thus, we shall follow poem from its opening line up to its end so that we can draw an occurrent conclusion.