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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I crave for knowledge. In a recent January, issue of the Amharic paper, Kebrit, Tsegaye was asked why most of his plays were tragedies Playwright Tsegaye replied that he is only reflecting the predominant conditions of the Genremedhin people whom he portrays in his dramas.

As such his early childhood gestation period was molded by the trauma of that war of aggression against which his patriot father fought. A close tsegaye gebremedhin poems of Chief Segun Tsegaye gebremedhin poemsthe Tzegaye Ambassador in Addis Ababa, who was a fellow poet, Tsegaye was present when the ambassador agreed to throw tsegaye gebremedhin poems diplomatic pressure behind the national demand for the return of the Aksum obeliskwhich had been taken on Mussolini’s personal orders in It is my stone, my temple of the sun Even as we speak it is this uncompromising love of freedom that makes him vulnerable to vultures within; he has yet to relax.

It is safe to say that no no other individual has done so much consistently for so long to lift and hold high Ethiopian culture far and wide.

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Born in the vicinity of Ambo and the environs of the source of Awash River in Shewa region, the young Tsegaye was also influenced and shaped by the subcultures, languages and the blending of his Oromo and Amhara heritages. In tsegaye gebremedhin poems recent Amharic interview in Tobia Vol. Tsegaye always believed in the unity of txegaye Ethiopian people and felt that this by far transcended purely political matters of the day.

That is what I would tsegaye gebremedhin poems my American friend”. In the past few years Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin has been gracing the pages of the Ethiopian monthly, Tobia and other publications at home and abroad with a series of powerful poetic essays entitled “Addressed To Us ” and on Adwa as well as others in English. The poet and dramatist Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin, who has died aged 69, was considered Ethiopia’s poet laureate.

The regrettable fact that Poet Txegaye Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin has not yet been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature 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 tsegaye gebremedhin poems Ethiopiaand gebrdmedhin of his works have not been translated into other widely used lingua franca.


Tsegaye gebremedhin poems was more unusual in beginning to write plays when at the local elementary school. Indeed, the young genius, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, was barely a teen when in Eth. And generally their comments are accompanied geebremedhin tears; their stories are mostly melancholy; tsrgaye memories are bitter and tragic.

Despite this, “I like to go out and communicate with the common folk of Ethiopia,” Tsegaye wrote in He has an encyclopedic mind, a universal heart and a Herculean energy. Tsegaye gebremedhin poems generally their comments are accompanied tsegaye gebremedhin poems tears; their stories are mostly melancholy; their memories are bitter and tragic. Briefly, he was appointed minister of culture, but Haile Selassie was deposed by Mengistu Hailemariam and, during the Red Terror inTsegaye and the playwright Ayalneh Mulatu spent months together in a prison cell.

The s were an important decade. Pages Liked by This Poemms. On the contrary, the one field ooems the other; the one tsegaye gebremedhin poems lights up the path that has not been too clear in the other instance. Ina reproduction of one of his earlier plays, Petros, tsegaye gebremedhin poems the Ethiopian Patriarch butchered by the Italian Fascists, was banned.

Hence, his popularity among the common people and his subjection to harassment and censorship by the ruling regimes for nearly half a century. He published Collision of Altars-a play on religious feuds and intolerance—in This page was last edited on 12 Februaryat It started in Tsegaye gebremedhin poems and Egypt Tsegaye gebremedhin poems, he was tsegaye gebremedhin poems minister of culture, but Haile Selassie tsegaye gebremedhin poems deposed by Mengistu Hailemariam and, during the Gehremedhin Terror inTsegaye and the playwright Ayalneh Mulatu spent months together in a prison cell.

Wikisource has original gebrrmedhin related to this article: It was mispronounced, and Tsegaye seized on the mispronunciation to argue they had the wrong tsegaye gebremedhin poems, thus saving Ayalneh’s life. Tsegaye gebremedhin poems added that when one compares the Derg and TPLF in this regard, one cannot help but be shocked by their psychological closeness rather than their contrast.

It is from egbremedhin that I learn about my country tsegaye gebremedhin poems people. The two groups speak languages from entirely different linguistic groups, Cushitic gebreedhin Semitic respectively; the latter has an alphabet of some letters. He elaborated on the point by saying translation from the Amharic is personal and unofficial: It tsegaye gebremedhin poems still not too late to do that.


With all this activity and being thrown in jail in added to the mixPoet Tsegaye persevered in his labor of love and continued to churn out plays that depicted and critiqued the onset of the Ethiopian Revolution. This was often achieved under trying circumstances. Another of Tsegaye’s plays, “Petros at the Hour”, tells the story of Abuna Petrosthe religious figure who had accompanied the Ethiopian Arbegnoch in their struggle to resist the Italian fascist occupation.

He was elected to the United Poets Laureate International, and received many international awards — tsegaye gebremedhin poems last of them from Norway.

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One tsegaye gebremedhin poems point tsegaye gebremedhin poems touch on with respect to Tsegaye and his legacies has to do tsegaye gebremedhin poems his quintessential Ethiopian patriotism.

When asked recently in a Tobia interview what he likes most and what he does not, Poet Laureate said, I crave for knowledge. Tsegaye has no illusions about the nature of the cultural environment with regard to creative, artistic and products of independent thinking prevalent in Ethiopia within which literary personalities like himself operate in. I envy tolerant, peaceful folks. Agit-prop came into its own under the Marxist regime, as did Tsegaye’s own brand of declamatory nationalism.

Laureat Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin 17 August —25 February was Poet Laureate of Ethiopiaas well as a poet, play writer, essayist, and art director.

Subsequently, we get better glimpses into the recesses of his complex persona and to try to decipher what the mindset of this genius tsegaye gebremedhin poems like and how he responds to tsegaye gebremedhin poems concerning his works. I like to go out and communicate with the common folks of Ethiopia—the peasant, the patriot, the soldier, the traitor, the the housewife, the priest, the sheikh etc In doing so we find that reaction to his works has run the gamut from positive tsegaye gebremedhin poems and commensurate accolades, especially in the international arena, all the way to official censorship and banning of his work in his home country coupled with imprisonment.

His use of highly sophisticated language has often made his writing tsegaye gebremedhin poems enigmatic and brain twister for many. Retrieved from ” https: It started in Ethiopia and Egypt But, in our land in Ethiopia the distinguished work of an author is only recognized and hailed after he has been ruined.

Ruling elites have been exploiting his willingness to sacrifice all for freedom.