Me Mout' Haf Fe Sympat'ise Wid Somewhe: Dialect-Poetry of Ambivolence in the Postcolonial Caribbean Context
Though English colonization of the Caribbean brought with it a new and strictly British education system and set of ideals, its backlash also caused "a debil of a bump-anbore,/Rig-jig an palam-pam," a chaotic whirlwind of sociopolitical and cultural leanings (Bennett 1966:215:25) which battled with each other and formed polarized camps. As the colonial rule brought with it a new language as well, the variety of reactions to its residual effects on the area were expressed in distinct and deliberate ways. Anglophone poets of this changing time and place used language and dialect to depict their sociopolitical and cultural climates as a result of colonization in a powerful and telling way. Poets of the postcolonial context deal with issues of identity, homeland and heritage in ways that narrative cannot, though a student would be hard-pressed to find any poetry represented in a postcolonial literature class. By placing particular attention to poetic form, diction and dialect, Caribbean Anglophone poets express their struggles with identity as a result of colonial rule.