By Ashok Bery
Ashok Bery strikes the dialogue of postcolonial poetry ahead by way of utilizing transnational views. This well timed examine appears to be like at a range of poets from varied components, together with Heaney, Walcott, and Ramanujan. whereas making cross-cultural comparisons, the booklet situates works of their particular nationwide, poetic, cultural, and political contexts. unlike so much postcolonial feedback, specific cognizance is paid to the language and type of the poems.
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At first, it would seem, song, which began in ‘selfless innocence’, was all-inclusive and adequate to its task: Every tone and key, every shade it learned that its limits held and its powers discerned: love and history, joy in earth and sun, its small chords embraced, joining all in one. But the sin of pride, and the specific human crime of the crucifixion, which I presume is all crime, threaten to overpower song: But no note can come from the flesh’s pride once the weapon’s lodged in the bleeding side; Despite this, song is still possible.
The stories that old Dan tells here could be seen as versions of the mythological tracks of ancestors and others that Aborigines trace in the landscape. Yet, as I have already argued, there is a counterpointing and separating note in the poem, since ‘no one is listening’ to Dan’s stories. In ‘For New England’ (CP, pp. 22–3), a similar fusion occurs between human subject and natural objects, so that Wright’s ancestral landscape in northern New South Wales permeates her, as she permeates it; but again something arises to separate her.
These points are also true for a number of the poems in which Wright deals more directly with the fate of the Aborigines and the impact of settlement on them: language survives, often precariously, yet it does survive, and also furthers some kind of survival for those to whom it refers. ‘Old House’ (CP, pp. 81–2) looks back to the days of Wright’s great-greatgrandfather as he set about creating somewhere to live. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 the previous owners put up little fight, did not believe in ownership, and so were scarcely human.
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