Speaker

The speaker of the poem “Colonization in Reverse” by Louise Bennett-Coverley is not named, but the use of Jamaican Patois reveals that the speaker is a Jamaican person, likely the poet herself. The poem is written from the first-person perspective and presents the speaker having a conversation with a character named “miss Mattie”. The poem only presents the speaker’s words and not the reply she might receive, taking the form of a monologue. The way the poem is constructed makes it seem as if the speaker is gossiping with miss Mattie and making fun of a certain situation.

Throughout the poem, the speaker does not describe herself. However, the speaker expresses her thoughts and feelings at different points in the poem. For example, in the first stanza, the speaker sa...

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