Ideophones and Anatomes as Literary Tropes in Bassie Kondi's Oral Poetry: A Study of "Yengema Women", a Love Poem

Sheikh Umarr Kamarah


This article examines the uses of the linguistic devices of ideophones and anatomes as "literary" strategies in one of the the oral poems of the Sierra Leonean artist, Bassie Kondi. The thrust of the essay focuses on how Kondi deploys both tropes to convey meaning, generate narrative, and portray character in his poem "Yengema Woman."

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Research in Sierra Leone Studies (RISLS): Weave:ISSN: 2167-9835