Okot p'Bitek was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised. Song of Lawino was originally written in Acholi language, and self-translated to English, and published in 1966. It was a breakthrough work, creating an audience amongst anglophone Africans for direct, topical poetry in English; and incorporating traditional attitudes and thinking in an accessible yet faithful literary vehicle. It was followed by the pendant Song of Ocol (1970), the husband's reply.
Books authored by Okot p'Bitek
- The Defence of Lawino
ISBN 9789970022694 | 132 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2001 | Fountain Publishers, Uganda | Paperback
- Two Songs: Song of Prisoner & Song of Malaya
ISBN 9789966467201 | 188 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 1988 | East African Educational Publishers, Kenya | Paperback
- White Teeth
ISBN 9789966464453 | 120 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 1989 | East African Educational Publishers, Kenya | Paperback