War and Humanity in Abani's Poetry Poem Review by Riyoku

War and Humanity in Abani's Poetry
An essay exploring Chris Abani's "Song for Night," defending man's need for humanity.
# 128435 | 1,437 words | 0 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 22, 2010 in Literature (Poetry) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Literature (African)

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This paper focuses on "Song for Night," a poem written by Nigerian author Chris Abani. The paper examines the poem's focus on war and the use of child soldiers, stating that such a thing is prevalent in Africa where youths and adolescents are plucked from their lives and turned into tools in war. The paper goes on to explore the many ways war twists and harms humanity, often taking from us that which makes us human. In response to the question of why war warps man, the paper concludes by answering that in the hearts of all humanity, there is a desire to live, a greed for life, and a need to save lives - all of which are directly contradicted by war.

From the Paper:

"War warps morality. From the very beginning, killing another is questionable morality be it for the sake of one's religion or for the sake of revenge. The philosophical aspect of war itself is to mold morality into that which encompasses the need to satiate some form of belief in order to make the desecration of lives a valid action. Looting and pillaging is a prime aspect of war. It is a way for soldiers to feel themselves and find forms of entertainment. Also, it is almost an incentive to keep them motivated. The narrator even listed "prime pillaging opportunities" as a pro aspect of being in the front of every battle (49.) He accepts it."

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