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These are selected pages of a typescript of Wole Soyinka’s long poem 'Idanre' (folios 2, 8, 10 and 14). The poem was commissioned for the 1965 Commonwealth Arts Festival, and published in a revised form in Soyinka’s Idanre and other poems (1967). The poem deals with Ogun, the Yoruba god of war, iron, the hunt and the road, and the patron saint of blacksmiths. Ogun is able to link the worlds of the dead, the living and the unborn. The typescript contains autograph revisions, drawings and musical directions.

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