CRITICISM, OPTIMISM AND PATRIOTISM IN REMI RAJI’S SEA OF MY MIND

Published: June, 2020

Author(s):

Kazeem Adebiyi-Adelabu and Blessing Esamagu

About Author(s):

Department of English

University of Ibadan

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Abstract

Nigeria’s developmental attainment is generally believed to be far below its potentials, especially in terms of social, economic and political growth. This has engendered a great deal of anger, frustration, cynicism, disillusionment and pessimism; realities that have found their ways into the versification venture of Nigerian poets over the years. Nowhere is this particularly more strident than in the works of third generation Nigerian poets, of which Remi Raji is probably the crest-bearer. Though sharing some of these predilections, Raji’s poetry is nevertheless stamped by some uniqueness. This paper examines selected poems from his collection, Sea of My Mind, on the ground of thematic contiguity and stylistic tonality to demonstrate that criticism and optimism in the selected poems are symbolic of the poet’s patriotic consciousness. It goes further to conclude that the poet is a constructive patriot.

Keywords: Remi Raji’s Poetry, Third Generation Nigerian Poetry, Sea of My Mind