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This paper critically examines the stylistic traditions and innovations inherent in the poetics of Niyi Osundare, one of Africa's most renowned literary-linguistic artists. Using the Text World Theory (TWT) as conceptual framework, it penetrates into the poet's mind with the intention of answering the fundamental questions in stylistics: why and how has the writer chosen to use particular words, sentences and metaphors (imagery) in particular ways to achieve particular objectives. Ten poems aredoi:10.17507/tpls.0909.03 fatcat:me7dnwoicrfkza3oe37hy4tlnm