It is interesting to see how language itself is modified, through the
injection of African words, referring to African values.
Then,poetry is a means of communication in the simplest sense, which can
reach and be understood better than any other form of communication:
I will create simple words
That even children understand,
Words that will enter every home like the wind,
Words that will fall like burning coals
Into the soul of our people,
(Poema, by J.Rebelo)
Because it was so easily understood and remembered, poetry was used in
the past by story-tellers to convey information of any kind. There are
many examples of this didactic use in Mozambican poetry:
Nine provinces has Mozambique,
Called 'districts' by the enemy#
'The whole of Mozambique is a province',
The Portuguese declare to the world.
In the south of the country is Lourenço Marques
the great bay of Espirito Santo
the city of Lourenço Marques -
capital of Mozambique.
Gaza is the second province -
capital, Vila de Joao Belo -
and crossed by the Limpopo
one of the great rivers.
Near the sea lies Inhambane.
Manica and Sofala are in the centre.
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Tete crossed by Zambesi,
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Zambézia - very mountainous
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Mozambique with Mount Namputina
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Niaesa, Vila Cobrai the capital.
Cabo Delgado - northern province,
Porto Amelia its capital,
Border province of the north
Covered with dense bush»
But poetry can be a communication of the present in a more sophisticated
sense; it can express a consciousness, an interpretation, indeed a
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