Welcome sign in sign up. You can enter multiple addresses separated by commas to send the article to a group; to send to recipients individually, enter just one address at a time. For Brathwaite, it was impossible to understand contemporary Caribbean—and, for that matter, African-American—culture without examining these African traditions, which had been transmitted across the Atlantic and transformed during the bloody centuries of the European slave trade. Yet as Brathwaite noted, many critics refused to see this African presence, in part because they still interpreted the value of Caribbean literature and culture in relation to European aesthetic standards. Rather than being ashamed of this oral tradition, which was an all-too-common reason for critics to eschew the Africanity in our contemporary Caribbean cultures, Brathwaite argued that we should embrace it, refusing to blindly follow the traditions of the European colonizers. In the wake of his death, I found myself thinking again of that essay, which I had first read in graduate school.

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History of the voice : the development of nation language in anglophone Caribbean poetry. Contradictory omens : cultural diversity and integration in the Caribbean. The development of Creole society in Jamaica, The spirit of African survival in Jamaica.


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We in the Caribbean have a [ It is an imperial language, as are French , Dutch and Spanish. We also have what we call creole English , which is a mixture of English and an adaptation that English took in the new environment of the Caribbean when it became mixed with the other imported languages. We have also what is called nation language, which is the kind of English spoken by the people who were brought to the Caribbean, not the official English now, but the language of slaves and labourers, the servants who were brought in. Poet and scholar Mervyn Morris "one of the first academics to espouse the importance of nation language in helping to define in verse important aspects of Jamaican culture", according to Ralph Thompson [4] identifies V. Reid 's novel New Day as the first literary work to use Jamaican vernacular as the language of narration. In Brathwaite's History of the Voice , he discusses the prominence of pentameter in English poetic tradition, claiming that since the time of Chaucer , and with a few notable exceptions, pentameter has been the prevailing rhythm of English poetry.

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