- Choose only one subject: Language or Race
- 1st poem: “Inglan is a Bitch” by Linton Kwesi Johnson. 2ed Poem John Agard “Listen Mr. Oxford Don”
Compare and contrast them in terms of your chosen subject and with reference to the works’ background. (Brainstorming questions: How these poems use and cover that subject? What kind of an approach they bring and why? Do they criticize something? Do they support an idea? )
Contemporary English poets of commonwealth country origin expose the racism of English society through language approach
the contemporary British poetry written by immigrants. – multiculturalism or transculturalism.
this kind of poetry actually makes race, gender, sexual orientation or geopolitical location, all these things are its subject matter
the British Empire was known infamously as the country on which the sun never sets, because they had lands all over the world, so it’s also kind of showing you a very sad story of colonization or colonized lands – West Indies or Jamaican culture.
Jamaican sub youth culture in England which is of course dominantly working class it affects the cultural scene in terms of music and poetry they are also bringing and evolving their cultural inheritance and fitting it into the everyday culture of England as well
Lee Jenkins in her article says that the poetry of immigrants, on the contemporary poetry in general, is the poetry and politica giving you the poetry in politics of this location. So, you are coming from a different country, different culture.
Agard at least studied maybe not college, but at least for his A levels he studied English, French and Latin Johnson is graduated from a university in London, he has a sociology degree. They’re English, . Agard and Johnson uses phonetic patois disregarding the rules of written English. deliberately to make a point about how Immigrants or how the colonies were forced to learn English and it is very powerful because it shows us that language is actually important and dangerous tool.
It is rebellious because you know that he studied sociology at Goldsmiths and he’s a poet, it means that he knows perfect English
but it’s not my mother tongue and I can actually use it and abuse it as I like. But on the other hand, they are also playing with all these prejudices because when we are talking about immigrants
“Inglan is a Bitch” by Linton Kwesi Johnson.