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{SPEAKER name="Eldred Jones"} --Clark is probably second only to Shiyenka in terms of the level of sophistication in his writing.


Clark, in addition to being a dramatic writer, also writes prose and poetry.

But he's most noted for his drama.

And I think in writing, his works,

the prose and poetry, and the drama, and in reading it, you can see the overlaps in terms of style in his various works.


Clark's best play was probably his first play which was "Song of a Goat."

Briefly, the plot is very simple: Zifa, who is the major character, loses his virility.


Um, Zifa's wife Ebiere, in frustration, turns to make love with Zifa's brother Tonyá.

Zifa becomes furious and seeks to kill Tonyá,

because of all of this turmoil going on around him, he hangs himself.


Ashamed by his own sterility, and his brother's death,

Zifa walks into the sea, drowning himself.

Very interesting play.

But, as a sequel to "A Song of a Goat", Clark went on to write "Masquerade"

in which the child conceived during Tonyá's and Eibere's relationship depicted in a song of a goat,

that kid, the child that is born of that relationship becomes a main character in the "The Masquerade",

which is Clark's second play.


From "The Masquerade," Clark went on to write "The Raft",

his third play and the latest play is "Ozidi".

From "Song of a Goat" all the way up to "Ozidi" we find Clark defining people, a concern with lineage,

people suffering because of what their ancestors did and so on.


But above all of those characteristics, you have a very strong presence of arbitrary in this.

Incidents seem to happen to the characters for no reason at all.

Just out of the blue, the characters find themselves in some kind of an ordeal,

um, but overall, Clark is just a fine writer.


And you'll hear the quality of his work as you hear a brief excerpt from his third play, "The Raft".

I want you to notice, as mentioned earlier, Clark's interest in defining people.

As a setup to the excerpt, the characters in "The Raft"--

Transcription Notes:
Unsure of the second playwrites name.

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