POETIC ELEMENTS AND THE CRITIQUE OF MORALITY IN TWO ADAMU DANMARAYA’S SONGS ON MARRIAGE

Published: JUNE 2021

Author(s):

DIKKO MU’AZU

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Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina

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Abstract

This paper studies the effect of poetic elements in the development of themes that revolve around morality in Adamu Danmaraya’s marriage songs. The two songs The paper explores how various elements of poetry abound in the songs and help in making the thematic expostulation of issues concerning marriage possible. The assessment of moral instruction in the marriage songs is drawn upon the ideas of Russian Formalism propounded by Roman Jakobson and Rene Wellek in 1930s. The research findings show that oral song is a grand antidote or panacea for numerous problems and challenges confronting the institution of marriage in Hausa society. The research further uncovers that Hausa oral songs entail some meaningful messages that, if carefully examined, they can lead to sound union of the couple.

Keywords: morality, poetry, Hausa society, songs