For half a century now he has been continuously productive as poet, playwright, essayist, social critic, philologist, historiographer, dramatist, synthesist, peace activist, artistic director His outstanding literary contributions as well as his advocacy of peace and human rights causes have been recognized and honored by peer groups and Human Rights bodies.
This was also the decade when Poet Laureate Tsegaye nursed and nurtured a nascent Ethiopian National Theatre from to A selection of his Amharic poems were published in under the title: Even if he has yet to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, he has often been more appreciated and duly honored abroad than in his own land.
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At numerous points Unesco fullbright fellowship essay his career Poet Tsegaye has also been Fullbright Fellow and lectured in several U.
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.
He produced historical plays based on the lives of Menelik BannedTewodros Bannedand on Zeray Deres as well as Gammo, a play on the Ethiopian Revolution which was also banned. Ina reproduction of one of his earlier plays, Petros, depicting the Ethiopian Patriarch butchered by the Italian Fascists, was banned.
Poet Laureate Tsegaye was also at his most peripatetic mode during this decade as he criss-crossed countries and continents interpreting Ethiopia and Africa to the world and back again to relating the art and literature of the world to his own people in the continent and in his motherland.
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.
He published Collision of Altars-a play on religious feuds and intolerance—in And so, poet Tsegaye sojourned in more than thirty countries—often repeatedly— in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Indeed, as he was to relate later on, he considers himself as one who represented an Ethiopian amalgam or bridge between the two cultures.
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.
Poet Tsegaye also writes in Oromifa and is conversant in French as well. As such his early childhood gestation period was molded by the trauma of that war of aggression against which his patriot father fought.
Indeed, the young genius, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, was barely a teen when in Eth.Belatengeta —Poet Laureate—Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin. is Ethiopia’s premier versatile and prolific man of letters. For half a century now he has been continuously productive as poet, playwright, essayist, social critic, philologist, historiographer, dramatist, synthesist, peace activist, artistic director on matters national, continental and global.Download