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 deals a entire literary heritage from the Nineteen Twenties to the Eighties, with specific realization to the connection of West Indian poetry to eu, African and American literature. shut readings of person poems provide certain 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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Such a poem is the correlative to the mixed heritage of the cultural (or the biological) mulatto, deriving a successful artifact from the compound identity that may be problematic in its author. The uncertainty whether mulatism is a burden or an accomplishment finds its most famous expression in the poems of the relatively conservative Leon Laleau, who was not an Indigenist. A familiar example is his "Trahison" (1931), often reprinted since its appearance in Senghor's anthology, where Laleau is the most heavily represented Haitian poet: Ce coeur obsedant, qui ne correspond Pas avec mon langage et mes costumes, Et sur lequel mordent, comme un crampon, Des sentiments d'emprunt et des coutumes D'Europe, sentez-vous cette souffrance Et ce desespoir a nul autre egal D'apprivoiser, avec des mots de France, Ce coeur qui m'est venu du Senegal?
Both contributed as well to the momentum of emerging nationalism, for which world events of the 1930s and 1940s would provide the final catalyst. Equally significant for the Caribbean, in the long run, was the transformation wrought by war on the metropolitan cultures themselves, on Europe and North America. When World War I was over, the "modern world" had begun, and an inspired generation survived the Jazz Age and the Depression until World War II ushered in the post-modern period. In those years 25 26 An Introduction to West Indian Poetry between the wars, the West seemed to have two cultural capitals: Paris and New York.
8 We have already seen the attempt in Roumer to commandeer the alexandrine for distinctively Haitian purposes. Such a poem is the correlative to the mixed heritage of the cultural (or the biological) mulatto, deriving a successful artifact from the compound identity that may be problematic in its author. The uncertainty whether mulatism is a burden or an accomplishment finds its most famous expression in the poems of the relatively conservative Leon Laleau, who was not an Indigenist. A familiar example is his "Trahison" (1931), often reprinted since its appearance in Senghor's anthology, where Laleau is the most heavily represented Haitian poet: Ce coeur obsedant, qui ne correspond Pas avec mon langage et mes costumes, Et sur lequel mordent, comme un crampon, Des sentiments d'emprunt et des coutumes D'Europe, sentez-vous cette souffrance Et ce desespoir a nul autre egal D'apprivoiser, avec des mots de France, Ce coeur qui m'est venu du Senegal?
An Introduction to West Indian Poetry by Laurence A. Breiner