Reuben Kehinde Akano


The implication/engagement of the theme of the environment by scholars in critical mode cannot be divorced from the many degradable pressures visited on it in different forms by man. The implication of the environment by humans in various ways has necessitated the continuous engagement of the theme by scholars of diverse fields. For obvious reasons, the environment harbours and nurtures man and as such tolerating its implication/ negative impact on it portends an unimaginable magnitude of danger for man and his generations. This paper examines the issues of the environment from the perspective of art. The focus is on the effects of pressure on the environment and its implication for the survival and corporate existence of the inhabitants. Poetic writings of Tanure Ojaide and Niyi Osundare shall be x-rayed as the grain of analysis. An ecocritical theory shall be adopted to guide and illuminate the analysis of the selected poetic collections. It is the findings of the study that artistic discourse on the environment is multifaceted and that poets of Nigerian extraction have been consistent in their engagement in this respect. It is recommended that the crusade for a safe environment should be continuously vigorous without neglecting poetic productions on the subject matter.


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