Modise Sekgothe – Hell Is a Woman Scorned | #PoemOfTheMonth : August
Poet: Modise Sekgothe
Produced by: Obakeng Makhutle
South African Poet Modise Sekgothe’s poem titled “Hell Is a Woman Scorned” is a plead to give women the love they deserve. The poem is taken from his project Meera Me, and sees the poet draw out the different consequences of misused love using the proverb “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” as a backdrop.
Modise Sekgothe is a multitalented artist Joburg-based poet, actor, playwright, vocalist, and instrumentalist. His work has been published in Home Is Where The Mic Is, a performance poetry anthology by Botsotso Publishers. He is an international slam champion, as the winner of the 2016 Spoken Slam poetry competition in Washington DC. He is the first ever winner of the Word N Sound Innovation in Poetry Award 2015 and 2016, also the winner of the WNS Showcase of the Year Award 2014 and 2015, as well as the WNS Perfect Poem Award 2015.
His poetry draws inspiration from personal experiences to those experiences of people around him. According to dictionary.com “Hell Is a Woman Scorned” is a proverb adapted from a line in the play The Mourning Bride, by William Congreve, an English author of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The expression is interpreted to mean that no one is as angry as a woman who has been romantically rejected or betrayed. Modise uses this premise to highlight the illtreatment of women in many relationships. He then paints over those negatives when the second phase of his poem focuses on the countless consequences of pure unwavering love & the beauty it brings out in women.
Watch (Via Youtube):
Modise Sekgothe performs Hell is a Woman Scorned at his Azania to DC feature at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, September 2018.
Modise’s poem makes it as this Womens’ Month #PoemOfTheMonth, celebrating all the women in our lives. As you listen to it, we hope it will remind you how important the women in our lives are. Treat them right and give them the love they deserve.
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