Full Version Of Inu Rere By Niyi Osundare

Inu Rere by Niyi Osundare is a poem directed towards the significance of the pure heart. The poet explains the fate of good-hearted people in a rather parabolic manner.

Read the poem below and see how much of the message you can decode.

Inu Rere By Niyi Osundare

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Inu Rere By Niyi Osundare

When your heart is clean

And your mind is good

You will walk through fire

But you will not be burnt

You will run the race

You will not be tired

You will see a star

On the darkest nights

Your yam will be white and crisp

Your bread, soft and warm

Your song will be kind

The world will like to sing

**Inu Rere means clean mind, kind heart, or good conscience in the Yoruba language

Summary Of The Poem Inu Rere By Niyi Osundare

Note: This summary was provided by Ayo Banjo as seen in the book “Early Birds”.

The title of this poem is in Yoruba, and the meaning is given in the poet’s footnote. The poem celebrates the virtue of being kind and considerate. A kind and considerate person, the poet says, is at peace with himself and with the whole world; he is also admired by other people.

Notice the figures of speech used to make the poem memorable.

A kind and considerate man will “see a star on the darkest nights”. His “song will be white and crisp”; and his bread “soft and warm”. His “song will be the kind the world will like to sing”.

The poem is designed to encourage you to be kind and considerate. Think carefully about what the poem says.

1. What does Inu Rere mean?

Inu Rere means “pure heart” or “good conscience” in Yoruba. It depicts a person with good intentions towards others.

2. Who wrote the poem Inu Rere?

The poem “Inu Rere” was written by Nigerian legendary poet, Niyi Osundare. It is one of the poems listed in his popular poem book “Early Birds“.

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