The beauty of Creative Writing
‘Creative writing is writing that expresses the writer’s thoughts and feelings in an imaginative, often unique, and poetic way’. (Sil.org – What is Creative Writing?)
Creative writing is also about being free to express ourselves using style, humour and adding our own distinctive touch that makes our writing rightly inimitable.
When we write, we leave small imprints of who we are to the unknown. There is a vulnerability that comes particularly with creative writing. We are vulnerable because strangers get to see the core of we are. Our walls are breaking down and we are letting people see things we wouldn’t dare to reveal to even those who are closest to us. That is the beauty of creative writing. Behind every word, there is a mystery, because you are writing a story in part, the only person who knows the full story is you!
A poet who does this effortlessly is the very gifted Chinua Achebe. Father of African Literature and undoubtedly one of the most exceptional writers of our time. Achebe is famously known for being cited in the Sunday times as one of the 1,000 makers of the twentieth century, for defining a ‘modern African literature that was truly African’ and thereby making a ‘major contribution to world literature’.
Recently, I have been reading CHINUA ACHEBE Collected Poems. I am astounded by the way he writes. He was a way with words like no other. Reading his poems gives you an insight into his world by subtly informing the reader about Igbo traditions, war and culture. His style of poetry is nonetheless ironic yet humorous, Fascinating and thought provoking.
Achebe engages the reader with politics confronting Africa’s severe realities of violence and exploitation. There are some Igbo influences in his writing used to depict a picture of what he wants to stress. For example in his poem ‘A Wake for Okigbo’ Achebe does a sound transliteration of an Igbo funeral song into the English language and the poem evokes the feeling of mourning and grief. Poems like ‘Love Cycle’ and ‘Love Song’ ‘(for Anna), are beautifully written evoking the feeling of romance and the purity of falling in love.
‘1966’ and ‘Remembrance Day’ are impressive as they are all war poems written to remind us about the Nigerian Civil War.
A personal favourite ‘Beware Soul Brother’ can be called the poem of wisdom as it speaks about being prudent and the reader can easily identify with him. The poem is engaging and the language is tailored to the understanding of the reader.
I would highly recommend CHINUA ACHEBE Collected Poems to all poetry lovers. To all those who would like to be challenged creatively, this is a must have for you, as it broadens your mind to experience another level of poetry and it is indeed a true masterpiece.
Chinua Achebe is able to draw you into his creation showing, there is no shame in using our heritage or roots to influence our writing and use it to portray what we want to portray to the world. Achebe is a genius and uses his unique gift in a profound way with the purpose of having a huge impact in the world of poetry which he has brilliantly accomplished.
Chinua Achebe, on behalf of all writers and aspiring writers, we salute you for being truly outstanding and for being an inspiration to many. May your soul rest in peace.
Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)