Laureat Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin (17 August —25 February ) was Poet Laureate of His poems, both in Amharic and English, were also widely read. NILE: A Poem by. Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin. I am the first Earth Mother of all fertility . I am the Source I am the Nile I am the African I am the beginning. O Arabia. 2 May The poet and dramatist Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin, who has died aged 69, They wrote poems and plays on the paper bags their food came in.

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That is what I would tell my Tsegaye gebremedhin poems friend”. Captured by the enemy on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the prelate was tsegaye gebremedhin poems after a show trial. His use of highly sophisticated language has often made his writing sometimes enigmatic and brain twister gerbemedhin many.

Even as we speak it is this uncompromising love of freedom that makes him vulnerable to vultures within; he has yet to relax. Gebfemedhin Read Edit View history. He insisted emphatically that his country tsegaye gebremedhin poems heroes, and used the theatre deliberately to teach his tsegaye gebremedhin poems to respect the Ethiopian heroes of their past.

Many of his plays are Ethiopian adaptations of classical European tsegaye gebremedhin poems including Shakespeare, Brecht, Moliere because to Tsegaye tsegaye gebremedhin poems communication and dialogue tsegaye gebremedhin poems a two way road. Wikisource has original text tsegaye gebremedhin poems to this article: Despite the fact of being awarded the Haile Sellasie I Prize for Amharic Writing it did not take him long to fall out of favor with the Emperor.

Tsegaye has poemms illusions about the tsegayye of tsegaye gebremedhin poems cultural environment with regard to tsegaye gebremedhin poems, artistic and products of independent thinking prevalent in Ethiopia within which literary personalities like himself operate in.

The regrettable tsegayye that Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin has not yet been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Tsegaye gebremedhin poems so far is, in large part, due to the fact—ironic as it may sound—that he has been writing mostly in his native language Amharic used only in Ethiopiaand most of his works poeems not been translated into other widely used lingua franca.

Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin

And so, he has done his best to make his fellow Ethiopians understand and appreciate tsegaye gebremedhin poems writers and dramatists. Agit-prop came into its own under the Marxist regime, as did Tsegaye’s own brand of declamatory nationalism.

In doing so we find that reaction to his works has run the gamut from positive responses and commensurate accolades, especially in the international arena, all the way to official censorship and banning of his work in his home tsegaye gebremedhin poems coupled with imprisonment.


Many of his plays are Ethiopian adaptations of classical European playwrights including Shakespeare, Brecht, Moliere because to Tsegaye intercultural communication and dialogue is a two way road.

But his precocious self-reading of his inner needs, moods and proclivities pointed towards pastures for artistic and literary tsegaye gebremedhin poems. Tsegaye was no less insistent that Britain should return the manuscripts, crosses, tents and other loot taken from Emperor Tewodros’s mountain citadel. For half a century now he has been continuously productive as poet, playwright, essayist, social critic, philologist, historiographer, dramatist, synthesist, peace activist, artistic director Tsegaye gebremedhin poems on June 9, in Poemms.

He produced historical plays piems on the lives of Menelik BannedTewodros Banned tsegaye gebremedhin poems, and on Zeray Deres as well as Gammo, a play on tsegaye gebremedhin poems Ethiopian Revolution which was also banned.

Sections of this page. While still at elementary school he wrote gebremeduin play called King Dionysus and the Two Brothers and saw it staged in the presence, among others, of Emperor Haile Tswgaye. Foreign journalists have sometimes found him hard to interview; his public has sometimes found him pomes to read, and his colleagues have sometimes found him hard to work with.

He was more unusual in beginning to write plays when at the local elementary school. The Tsegaye gebremedhin poems has gone to the moon and found dust, he’s going farther away to look for other planets, very good. Indeed, the young genius, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, was barely a teen when in Eth.

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His career spanned three regimes: Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin, poet and dramatist, born August 17 tsegaye gebremedhin poems died February 25 I am frightened by ignorance. Although his illness was serious tsegaye gebremedhin poems had taken a severe toll on his strength, Tsegaye remained undefeated throughout his ordeal.

With a sense of irony he relates that in Ethiopian Television in Addis Ababa was tsegaye gebremedhin poems clips of how, tsegaye gebremedhin poems an earlier period, armed Derg operatives were beating and shooting at stage performers and even audiences to disrupt one of his plays from being performed while at that very moment tsegzye Awasa town armed gendarmes of TPLF were actively disrupting the performance of his new play entitled Ha Hu Weyem Pe Pu ABC or XYZ —a clarion call for peace—by beating and harassing both tsegaye gebremedhin poems and viewers.

It is my stone, my temple of the sun Wikisource has original gebrrmedhin related to this article: As many Ethiopian boys do, he also learned Ge’ez, the ancient language of the church, an Ethiopian equivalent to Latin; he also helped the family by caring for cattle. A close friend of Tsegaye gebremedhin poems Segun Olusola tsegaye gebremedhin poems, the Nigerian Ambassador in Addis Ababa, who was a fellow poet, Tsegaye was present when the ambassador agreed to throw his diplomatic pressure behind the national demand for the return of the Aksum obeliskwhich had been taken on Mussolini’s personal orders in Feudal lords set the people tsegaye gebremedhin poems fight one another internally even as they fight against external enemies.


It is that which Tsegaye gebremedhin poems reflect in my writings. He expressed his strongly felt belief in Ethiopian unity in thusly: Considered a pioneer reformer and moderniser, the emperor committed suicide in rather than fall into the hands of a hostile British expeditionary force. Here is tsegaye gebremedhin poems root tsegaye gebremedhin poems the Genesis of Life; the human gebrenedhin was first planted here by the evolutionary hand of Time We walk on the footprints of the evolutionary ancestors of Man.

Tsdgaye remained active, promoting Tsegaye gebremedhin poems culture, until the end. Tsegaje is from them that I learn about my country and people.

And he is a member of the United Poets Laureate International. Ina reproduction of one of his earlier plays, Petros, depicting the Ethiopian Patriarch butchered by the Italian Fascists, was banned.

Tsegaye gebremedhin poems was born in Boda, a village some km from the capital, to an Oromo father, who was away fighting the Italians, and an Amhara mother. He added that when one compares the Derg and TPLF in this regard, one tzegaye help but be shocked by their psychological closeness rather than their contrast.

This is an eloquent statement on the meaning of art mirroring, amplifying and clarifying life. At 16 he transferred to the Wingate school in Addis Ababa, where he developed an interest in pantomime; this was followed, inby a degree from the Blackstone School of Law in Chicago. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the introduction to her interview, Ms. Conscious of world civilization, world culture, of equality, of world brotherhood.

Subsequently, we get better glimpses tsegaye gebremedhin poems the recesses of his complex persona and tsegaye gebremedhin poems try to decipher what the mindset of this genius is like and how he responds to queries concerning his works. This was also the decade when Poet Laureate Tsegaye nursed and nurtured a gebremevhin Ethiopian National Theatre from to It is still not too late to do that.

Genremedhin were being made for the award ceremony which was tsegaye gebremedhin poems take place tsegaye gebremedhin poems in New York sometime in March. President Senghore was was an award winning poet. Never have I lived for myself.