Perspectives

Historical perspective

The poem “Colonization in Reverse” by Louise Bennett-Coverley discusses immigration in relation to the people who emigrated from Jamaica into England to find work and settle there. 

The British Nationality Act 1948 created the status of “Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies” for people born in the United Kingdom and all British colonies. In effect, the act cre…

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Works with the same theme

John Agard’s poem “Remember the Ship” is also about the Windrush Generation. The poem talks about the citizenship that unites the people from colonized British territories and reminds readers of the need to allow citizenship to be something that brings people together regardless of their skin color. In this way, the poem champions diversity and urges Europeans to accept immigrants from the Caribbean. Unlike “Colonization in Reverse”, “Remember the Ship” focuses on the challenges those who move to England from the Caribbean might expe…

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