Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry: Making Style by Denise deCaires Narain;

By Denise deCaires Narain;

Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry presents specific readings of person poems via ladies poets whose paintings has no longer but obtained the sustained severe realization it merits. those readings are contextualized either inside Caribbean cultural debates and postcolonial and feminist severe discourses in a full of life and engaged means; revisiting nationalist debates in addition to topical matters in regards to the functionality of gendered and raced identities inside of poetic discourse. Newly on hand in paperback, this booklet is groundbreaking examining for all these attracted to postcolonialism, Gender reports, Caribbean reports and modern poetry.

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Clues’ for interpreting these allegories are not always inscribed within the poems and this, coupled with the penchant for archaic diction, can sometimes result in frustratingly obfuscatory texts. It is certainly likely that part of the reason for the cryptic nature of Allfrey’s poetry is connected to the difficulties of maintaining privacy when living in ‘a small place’,42 but it is also related to her own perception of the role of the poet as somehow out-of-the-ordinary or ‘enchanted’. The fact that Allfrey is a white West Indian would also mean that her credentials as an ‘authentic’ West Indian would not have been readily assumed.

If Marson attempts to convey the realities of these working-class women’s lives through the simulation of their speech, creating the illusion that they present their experiences in their own words, Campbell’s (very fine) poem mythicizes the women into silent but statuesque monuments of strength and endurance: Women stone breakers Hammers and rocks [. ] Strong thigh Rigid head [. 39 In pointing to the differences between the two poems, I do not wish to offer a 28 Contemporary Caribbean Women’s Poetry simplified response which explains these differences entirely in terms of innate empathy: because Marson was a woman she is better able to empathize with her women subjects than is Campbell, though this may well have some valency.

All that I give you is a heritage Of bold adventuring and loveliness Of merriment, and wisdom amply sage; (In Circles, p. 3) Allfrey also wrote a poem dedicated to one of her adopted sons, David, a Carib from the designated ‘Carib Territory’ in Dominica. Allfrey had considerable interest in, and some support from the Caribs55 and felt (somewhat naively) that the fact that their ancestries were ‘connected’ (via her distant relative, Thomas Warner, who had ‘married’ a Carib woman), gave her a special empathy with the them.

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