Destiny Idegbekwe


If there is any problem facing man today in all the continents of the world, it is the problem of climate change. There is a growing call for man to protect nature and the atmosphere. The major call is that man should go green in order to protect our natural environment. In all of these calls, it is rare to find the roles language and creative writings can play in solving the problem of climate change. It is on this basis, therefore, that this study presents an eco-linguistic reading of two of J. P. Clark’s poems ‘Night Rain’ and ‘Home from Hiroshima’  with a view to highlighting the effects of climate change and possible solutions in the poems. Using the eco-linguistic approach to the present study, we conclude that life as presented in the language of the two poems under scrutiny is not meaningful and comfortable if the environment of the ozone layer is continuously depleted thereby causing natural disasters like flooding, earth quakes and tsunamis which JP Clark captures in ‘Night Rain’ and ‘Home from Hiroshima.’


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