Ewi-Yoruba neotraditional media poetry : the poetics of a genre
The thesis is a study in the poetics of the semi-oral, semi-written genre ofYoruba (WesternNigeria)
written and radio poetry, encompassing the poetics of being poet and the poetics of
being audience. Ewi emerges as a cultural practice that is discursively constituted by its
practitioners. Its shared aesthetics is fonnulated around a cluster of concepts in which the
"good" and the "beautiful" are intertwined.
The study of the poetics of being poet highlights the imagination of ''-poetic beingness", of
the art of poetry, and explores how poets create artful texts that are, through a poetics of
addressivity, transposed into addressed utterances that provide inhabitable spaces for the
reading and listening audience.
Being audience of ewi is a generic fonn of cultural practice, reflected in shared ways of
engaging with ewi as text, which encompasses strategies of focusing and expanding in
making meaning out of poetry, moves of appropriating and re-employing ewi for own uses.
The study of the text-ness of ewi epitomizes its being grounded in a poetics of "interface",
in which its practitioners draw on all available, intersecting literary and non-literary sources,
which they put to creative uses.