POETIC METAPHOR IN CHRISTOPHER OKIGBO’S LABYRINTHS

POETIC METAPHOR IN CHRISTOPHER OKIGBO’S LABYRINTHS

ABSTRACT

This research studies the poetry of Christopher Okigbo as collected in the book Labyrinths. It aims at doing a text based explanation of the collection so that any understanding made of the poems in the collection point to the text and not outside of it. Paul Ricoeur’s theory of depth semantics is adopted in reading the poems as this is concerned with the study of literary works as objects in themselves projecting a world of their own, what Ricoeur calls ‘the world of the text.’