This study guide will help you analyze the poem “Colonization in Reverse” (1966) by Louise Bennett-Coverley. You can also find a summary of the poem, as well as ideas for interpreting it and putting it into perspective.
Louise Bennett-Coverley (1919-2006) was a Jamaican poet, writer, and folklorist. She is known for writing in Jamaican Patois and for celebrating Jamaican culture and tradition in her work. She also established the validity of local languages for literary expression. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 26 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she had received a scholarship. She also hosted radio shows and appeared in television programs and movies. The poem “Colonization in Reverse” was published in the 1966 collection Jamaica Labrish.
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