International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(11), pp. 266-270, December, 2014

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.072


An exploration into the satiric and poetic imagination of Yoruba abuse


Ade Adejumo


Department of general studies, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, P.M.B. 4000, Ogbomoso, Oyo state, Nigeria.

E-mail: ahdey_j@yahoo.ie.  Phone No: + 234-806-579-0329


Accepted 25 November 2014



This study examines the Yoruba above from the satiric and literary prism both as an instrument of social reform and personal reprimand in an indigenous community. The discourse taps from the resources of literary studies to evaluate the poetic qualities inherent in the imaginative deployment of imageries and related literary devices that are built into abusive pieces among the Yoruba people. Samples of abusive languages are obtained from daily exchanges among the Yoruba people and the record of Foyanmu Ogundare (a Yoruba oral poet in Ogbomoso) whose works are replete with examples of such satire driven abusive pieces. The study concludes that Yoruba abuse is a veritable weapon of social reform whose quality is enhanced by the imaginative use of language which qualifies this art as a specialized kind of oral poetry.

Key Words: Abuse, Satire, Social reform, Imaginative, literary devices.


Cite This Article As: Adejumo A (2014). An exploration into the satiric and poetic imagination of Yoruba abuse. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 2(11): 266-270




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