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Colonization

The main theme of the poem “Colonization in Reverse” by Louise Bennett-Coverley is colonization. The poem looks at immigration from Jamaica, a former British colony, to the “seat a de Empire” (l. 24), England, a process which the speaker calls “colonization in reverse”. 

The poem explores the dynamic between colonizer and colonized through different elements, such as alluding to the exploitation and appropriation of resources that takes place, and the reversal of this:

Oonoo see how life is funny,
Oonoo see de tunabout?
Jamaica live fe box bread
Out a English people mout’. (ll. 25-28)

The poem also suggests that colonization is far from a pleasant experience by saying that England has been through wars and has faced some o...

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