Caribbean Poetry

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Caribbean Voices : Living a Double life / Dual Identities.

Caribbean Poetry is the expression of the constant dualistic nature of the Caribbean identity. Caribbean Poetry exemplifies a unique hybrid made from the voice of the Caribbean experience and its postcolonial English heritage but this creates an inner crisis. The inner crisis of two conflicting cultures that create further conflicting ideas of home and belonging on one hand and growth and fulfilment on the other. But it is also about the resolving of these inner issues.

A life in limbo. Searching for identity in Limbo.

The Carribean Voice is spoken through the Poetry of the Caribbean islands. The answer to the identity crisis can be found amongst the poetry. It’s hybridity, uniqueness and resilience are all characteristics of the poetry and therefore the poet.

What does the poetry reveal about the problems of post colonial identity, including the relationships between personal identity and cultural identity and such issues as double consciousness and hybridity.

Looking at the difficulties inherent in the postcolonial subject's attempt to formulate a new personal and national identity.

Social and cultural oppression are the effects of colonialism.

The aftermath, language and culture. Hybridization and double consciousness are the effects of colonization. Homelessness and exile. Living in a state of limbo. Caught between two cultures.

Introduction: Living in Limbo
The poetry not only addresses the issues of the Caribbean people but over time has developed into something much more. It has become philosophical and wise and this is down to its cultural experiences. ‘The Caribbean offers us literature about the process of growth through, or in spite of, a history of exploitation and prejudice, about the turning of negatives into positives..’ (Burnett, 1986, Pg23)
Chapter one: Home, Hybridity and Diasporic Existence – look at what the poetry tells us about the writers sense of

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