Poetry and British Colonial Government

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"This is the Dark Time My Love" is poem that deals with cruelty and the pain and suffering of war. It speaks about the struggles of Guyana during British colonization in 1953. The British colonial government has suspended  the constitution, and so the soldiers are policing the country. The British sent their  soldiers into British Guiana to crush their uprising . The poet is personifying his country as his 'love'. Images of nature are mixed with those of war/oppression. * 'brown beatles' refers the tankers.

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                 PERSONIFICATIONS
'Red flowers bend their heads.....' this is to show that flowers/nature is feeling the pain. 'dark metals' represents the guns.
'hidden sun in the sky' symbolizes the hidden hope of the people. OXYMORONS- 'carnival of misery' and ' festival of guns'
REPITITION- 'this is the dark time my love' is seen in the title stanza one and stanza two. It is repeated so as to emphasize the oppresion (dark time) of his country (my love).                           STANZAS

Stanza one and two talk about the threat while stanza three tries to define or find out what is that threat. The  questions of stanza three show uncertainty of the people of Guyana. 'Man of death' and 'crush their dreams' is talking about the invaders trying to stop them from being free. TONE- the tone of the whole poem is one of warning.

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"This is the Dark Time, My Love" --we can learn a lot by looking at the titles to poems.  "Dark Time" has the implication of danger, or trouble.  "My love" lets us know that the poem is addressing someone. This is the dark time, my love, 

All round the land brown beetles crawl about 
The shining sun is hidden in the sky 
Red flowers bend their heads in awful sorrow 
--Okay, the narrator is addressing someone he (or she) loves, letting that person know that times are difficult.  The images given are probably not meant to be taken literally.  Brown Beetles crawling...
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