Poetry an african elegy ben okri is a member of the urhobo people his father was urhobo and his mother was half igbo he was born in minna in west central nigeria to grace and silver okri in 1959 his father silver moved his family to london when okri was less than two years old so that silver could study law okri thus spent his . Read our detailed study guide on the poem an african elegy by ben okri our study guide covers an african elegy summary themes and analysis an african elegy poem by ben okri we are the miracles that god made to taste the bitter fruit of time we are precious and one day our suffering will turn into the wonders of the earth. Dreams are the currency of okris writing particularly in this first book of poems an african elegy but also in his books of short stories and prize winning novel the famished roadokris dreams are made on the stuff of africas colossal economic and political problems and reading the poems is to experience a constant succession of metaphors of resolution in both sens. An african elegy by ben okri as read by ms crumps this feature is not available right now please try again later
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