Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National Poetry Month - Poetry from West Africa: "I Will Pronounce Your Name" by Leopold Sedar Senghor

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought we'd discover a few West African poets. 

The following poem, I Will Pronounce Your Name (originally written in French, Chants pour Naett) was written by Leopold Sedar Senghor, a Senegalese poet, writer and politician. He was in fact Senegal's first president upon gaining independence, from 1960 - 1981. It is believed by many that Naett in the poem refers to Africa. 

What we loved most about this poem is the many senses it evokes. The scents of cinnamon, lemon coffee, and early mornings. The visual contrasts of colors, such as black and gold, dusk and midday. The feelings of heat, sweat and dust. The sounds of thunder and strong winds. Obviously, we enjoyed this poem :) 

Can you describe your home, country or heritage by evoking the senses? The smells, the sights, the colors, the sounds, the feeling in the air?


  1. I really enjoy poetry, because it is so personal and individual. This one is particularly good. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is so personal, often times it feels as though we get a small glimpse into the poet's soul...


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