ISBN 9789956558438
Pages 104
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Musings On Ars Poetica

Poetic Reflections on the Poet and Poetry in Verse

by Bill F. Ndi

A literary monument erected by a poet for poets with a vision for poetry as a special annunciation and the poet as a seer, spokesperson, recorder, analyst, adjudicator and advocate with poetic vision and poetic understanding. Bill Ndi, the poet has the rare gift of slipping into the self and psyche of his society to empty the dark depths where the treasures of burden and sadness are hidden. He empties and exposes them to the world to see how even personal repression of feelings by far outweighs those imposed throughout History by tyrants. It is above all, his greatest task of filling these depths with the joys and expectations of the society. This objective stance by the poet places him above the fanatic whose subjectivity pushes the world adrift and makes of the poet a universal man of peace.

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“Bill’s poetic vision is deeply political, with a determination to retain a sense of the power and freshness of innocence – the possibility, indeed, of a higher form of innocence and freshness of vision, of a kind which need not necessarily die with the onset of knowledge and adult understanding. Bill’s poetry suggest a strong influence (though in verse that is altogether modern, experimental in form, socially well-informed, culturally inclusive in an extraordinary measure and thoroughly politically open-eyed) of the early phase of English Romanticism, Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads and indeed, the Immortality ode.”

Professor Michael Meehan, Critique and Novelist, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

About the Author

Bill F. Ndi

Dr. Bill F. Ndi, poet, playwright, storyteller, critic, translator & Fellow of The Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute is an American-Southern Cameroonian who was educated at GBHS Bamenda & Essos, the University of Yaoundé, Nigeria: ABSU, Paris: ISIT, the Sorbonne, Paris VIII & Cergy-Pontoise where he obtained his doctorate degrees in Languages: Translation and Languages, Literatures and Contemporary Civilizations. He has held teaching positions at the Paris School of Languages, the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, St Lucia and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is presently Professor of Modern Languages, Communication and Philosophy at Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA.

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