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Give brief accounts of "Songs Of Sorrow" by Koffi Awoonor and "Lament of a Mother" by Fale Wache, bringing out their attitudes towards suffering.         

        In "Songs Of Sorrow" by Koffi Awoonor, the persona recounts the ill-treatment given him by Dzogbese Liza by plunging him into hardship from which he is unable to extricate himself. He considers himself very unfortunate and choses the option of death which he feels will be a great relief. He believes only the destined and courageous can make it in life since man is only a pilgrim here on earth and is destined to return to his maker(God) to give accounts to Him of the life he lived here on earth. Death has left him lonely and desperate, without children, relatives or loved ones to mourn or honour him at death. Throughout his long wonder in this wilderness of life he has reaped nothing from it. To him, the solution to his problems seems to be death.

 The Kpeti household is systematically emptied and falling to ruins as even cowards now boast before him. He blames his ancestors for neglecting the Kpeti household, added to the death of Agosu. He concludes by bidding Agosu to tell the Ancestors on his arrival in the land of the dead that they have abandoned their kindred to themselves.

In "Lament Of a Mother" by Fale Wache, the mother laments the long abandonment by her son of the family. This abandonment brings frustration and misery in their hearts. She says if their son Ndikochong knew the love she had for him he couldn't have done that to them. She describes the anxiety of their long wait and pleads for their son's return to relieve their troubled minds. She believes education is not a good reason for keeping the son in the white man's country because the wise Ba Ndong did not even leave the tribe to have the great wisdom he is blessed with. To her, Ndokochong's long stay abroad is a scheme to torment her and bring her to her early grave.

Ndikochong's mates who went nowhere are gainfully employed and take good care of their old parents and families. Of what use, she asks, is his education of the family at home has to perish? His beautiful Molame, she reminds him, is now ripe and is at the peak of her beauty. She is the attraction of many young men and she is now anxiously waiting for the consummation of her love with Ndikochong. She nurses fears that maybe he is married and no longer needs her. Her son should return home and claim his coveted bride before she is ravaged by deceitful predators. She also desires to nurse her grand children by the groin of her son Ndikochong.

 Awoonor's attitude towards suffering in "Songs Of Sorrow" is that the speaker surrenders himself to fate as he makes no effort to come out of his predicament. He lays blame on his ancestors as the cause of his suffering. In the end he feels defeated and wants to escape through death. He feels death brings relief. In "Lament Of a Mother" Ndikochong 's abandonment of the family is responsible for their suffering. The speaker equally invites death as a relief as she believes that the son intentionally abandoned the family under the excuse of pursuing knowledge abroad.
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