Agostinho Neto Sagrada Poem Summary

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In this commentary I will discuss the relevance and impact of structure, syntax, rhythm, lexis imagery and literary devices. I will briefly comment on how Agostinho Neto was a successful teleological tool for Angola’s independence. As political prison, Agostinho Neto writes the poem Havemos de voltar poem which is part of poem collection book “A Sagrada esperança”,1960 in written in Aljube prison in Lisbon. This poem is journey to the past, where Agostinho remembers and celebrates African culture simultaneously stressing the urgency to Angolans in returning to their roots and what is “intrinsically” African. Structurally, the poem is composed by 8 stanzas and it is a free poem. The fact that the poem is a free suggests a clear rejection of the conventional Western literary…show more content…
He creates inclusion, ownership and to a certain extent a sense of belonging to the reader. The constant repetition of the possessive pronoun (1st person of plural) ours, “nosso” reveals a legitimated collective ownership of resources and goods, without making distinction of class, gender, religion affiliation, or tribe, treating all Angolan citizen equally. Despite of criticisms regarding Neto as “mediocre poet” I believe that use of lexis has a relevant importance in this poem. Seen as perhaps a “modest” writer Agostinho Neto, abstains his writing from metaphors and other literary devices which purpose is to embellish and enrich the poem. On the other hand, he seems to make his poem real, incisive a true reflection of nostalgia from old traditions and current struggles lived by the Angolans under the repressive Portuguese regime. The simplification of lexis, makes much more accessible to a society where 85% to 90% was illiterate. This phenomenon instigated self- awareness and resulted in a mass social mobilization, culminating in

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