International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

TRENDS IN GENDER ISSUES IN MARAGOLI CHILDREN’S PLAY POETRY: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY
Jane Bwonya, Catherine Muhoma, Hellen Atieno

Abstract
There are observable trends in gender issues in children’s play poetry among the Maragoli yet little or no studies have been carried out to ascertain these trends. The aim of this study was to establish the existence of gender issues in Maragoli children’s play poetry. Specifically the study sought to examine trends in gender issues in Maragoli children’s play poetry as well as analyze the subtexts in Maragoli children’s play poetry. It also examined personification and symbolism in Maragoli children’s play poetry. The population of the study comprised one hundred and thirty respondents who gave one hundred and thirty nine Maragoli children’s play poems. The respondents were purposively sampled from the following four strata, each representing an age group: sixty one to ninety five, forty one to sixty, twenty one to forty and eight to twenty. Data was collected by observation and oral interviews with eight focus groups. The data was then analyzed qualitatively and presented in prose form as well as in tables. The results of the study showed that there were trends in gender issues in Maragoli children’s play poems in poems with similar themes and characters on account of different issues articulated by different strata and gender.

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