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Global Anglophone Poetry: Literary Form and Social Critique by Omaar Hena

By Omaar Hena

Poetry's relevancy as a device for social and political switch remains to be neglected in a world context. seeking to writers as assorted as Derek Walcott, Paul Muldoon, and Daljit Nagra, Hena exhibits that poets through the international have reinvigorated older poetic traditions to handle political realities and the sweeping pressures of modernity.

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As we have already seen, he is all too aware of his institutional position. By self-reflexively representing the “poverty” of the Caribbean through Western literary traditions, Walcott sanctions his pursuit of cultural capital while placing himself at an even further remove from the political subject matter that furnishes the grounding condition for his aesthetic figurations of globalism. Scholars of publication history and print tend to examine the roles of institutions—publishing houses, reviewers, literature festivals, awards, and prizes—in shaping literary production.

In order for him to forge his own literary passport into English letters, Nagra must re-inscribe aesthetic ideologies of poetic taste and the presumed relevance of the canonical forms. That said, Nagra has in recent years put his cultural capital to the work of developing BME poets, as through the Complete Works Programs sponsored by the British Arts Council. Ultimately, Nagra textualizes the political, cultural, and aesthetic hierarchies shaping poetic production, clarifying the limits of inclusion for the many other “minority” poets workingg within the British poetry world.

S. Eliot’s The Waste Landd has been an abiding influence on Brathwaite’s typographic patternings and aural proliferations). Brathwaite has garnered many awards, including the prestigious Neustadt Prize (1994), and published significant volumes of poetry, criticism, and history, producing a rich body of work that, I hope, will receive even greater critical attention it deserves and rewards. The St. Lucian poet, meanwhile, has acquired a considerable mass of readers both within the academy and beyond.

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