“Test match Sabina Park”
In the poem “Test match Sabina Park” a moment had been rehash of when English cricket team had come to Jamaica to play cricket. In the poem the persona takes you to every moment of the game. He gives you a side view of himself and the other spectators throughout each stanza. He lets you understand how the English play cricket at their home ground and how the Caribbean plays at Sabina Park. From the poem you could see that there are two different reaction/behavior at two different cricket ground Sabina Park and Lords. The persona helps you to understand these reactions by showing the difference between each. In Sabina Park the spectators expect cricket to be loud, to have excitement and also playful. One of the reasons for this is that because the spectators are mostly Caribbean people who always know how to be wild, fun and joyous. A cricket match for them is expected to be all those things not boring, of slow-pace and quiet. They were used to 300+ runs by lunch time, having the crowd screaming, shouting and hooting. Then there was cricket at Lords which was more conservative. This cricket ground was not use to vociferous spectators, a crowd that came to enjoy the game or even on occasion cheer. This was mostly because of the humid and muggy days that were always present in England. So basically no one wanted to go to the game in England not even the players based on how they played; so matches were just there. The spectators in Sabina Park are fun, wild and loud while the spectators in Lords are quite conservative and calm. In the poem there are key phrases that stands out here is one of them ‘proudly wearing the rosette of my skin’ firstly this phrase is a metaphor. It represents the prominence of the persona’s country and his skin color. He also thought he is better because of his skin tone. It also signifies he was Caucasian and also he thought that the English team would have had a better hand in the game. He had proudly...
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