By Laurence A. Breiner
This creation to West Indian poetry is written for readers making their first method of the poetry of the Caribbean written in English. It bargains a accomplished literary heritage from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Eighties, with specific cognizance to the connection of West Indian poetry to eu, African and American literature. shut readings of person poems provide designated research of social and cultural concerns at paintings within the writing. Laurence Breiner's exposition speaks powerfully in regards to the defining forces in Caribbean tradition from colonialism to resistance and decolonization.
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West Indians at the ACLALS Conference of 1971 asserted that these minimal conditions had at last been achieved for the Anglophone region as a unit, even though they had not yet been fulfilled in each of its component nations. By manifesting the presence of an audience, ACLALS made it possible to approach the question the other way round: the existence of a distinct West Indian literature stood established once and for West Indian poetry and its audience 9 all, because in the region there were writers addressing a public whose concerns they shared.
James's The Black Jacobins (1938). In a sense then Brouard's manifesto for the "Griots" is the last word of purely national self-discovery. Surely because of the impact of Negritude throughout the French-speaking Caribbean, Indigenism in the end suffered critics rather than revisionists. Dantes Bellegarde voices the most common objection: Some Haitians, who want a closed and self-sufficient Haiti, have taken offence because I observed that Haiti is an intellectual province of France . . They don't want to hear about French or even Latin culture .
The next proposition was more radical: that this whole society is the potential audience for poetry. Such an enabling vision has many precedents, of which the universality of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is only the most familiar stereotype, and that is perhaps less illuminating than the example of an oral culture, since Brathwaite began advocating this proposition after his exposure to just such an example in rural West Africa. He had returned from Ghana in 1962 with a renewed commitment to the West Indies, and first proposed that the West Indian writer should conceive of himself as addressing "society in general" in 1965, during the symposium at Mona that brought together several of the region's writers.
An Introduction to West Indian Poetry by Laurence A. Breiner