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A moving and warm story about nineteenth-century poetess, Mwana Kupona, who composed an utendi, an epic poem for her daughter to guide her through life. The story is told through the activities and dialogue, serious as well as humorous, of the girl as she learns about love, life, religion and poetry through the verses of her mother's poem.
This book is appropriate for young teenagers and adults, it is rich with detailed research about life in 19th century Lamu, about the writing of Swahili poetry. Illustrations on every page, musical scores of two old tarab songs, and the epilogue includes the complete text of the poem in the Lamu dialect of Swahili.
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Kitula King'ei teaches Swahili literature at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also composer of many Swahili poems and published his poetry, and criticism about Swahili literature.
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Book Description Sasa Sema Publications, 2000. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP84559629
Book Description Sasa Sema Publications, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Used; Good. We are committed to providing each customer with the highest standard of customer service. All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom. Seller Inventory # FH809508