Grenadian Oral Poetry Analysis

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West Indian Oral Poetry refers to the influences of the past experiences which determines the ways writings and events from past could have an impact in the form and performance of poems which tells stories that the poets shapes from the historical experiences to form a sense of resemblance to the present times and deepen our future knowledge of terms, events and concepts that we are unaware of by expressing the new experiences. The poems from Voiceprint entitled, “Capitalism Gone Mad” by Slinger Francisco also known as the Mighty Sparrow, “Isms/Schisms” by Leroy Calliste famously called Black Stalin and “Sea Water and Sand” by Hollis Liverpool known as Mighty Chalkdust would be analyzed to illustrate how the themes of Frustration, Depression…show more content…
From the title alone one gets an idea of mockery, disgust and hatred arousing for someone or something. The theme of anger and corruption is carefully displayed throughout this poem since the speaker is upset, displeased and tired of the ways things are going in his or her home country. Isms and Schisms was two concepts that was used by Bob Marley, isms primarily referred to all the things such as economic, social and political conflicts which divided or separated society. Schisms was all the things which kept society apart preventing communication and sharing of opinions. From this poem one could understand that the speaker is terribly hurt, angry and disappointed as to how corrupted the society has become in which he or she is living in. This poem is divided into four parts with Roman numerical above every two stanzas. This is so to indicate how the speaker in every first stanza from each part complains about the turmoil existing and how it is tearing the society down leading to moral, political and social decay. However, at every second stanza from each part, the first line is indented, this serves to highlight how the speaker is trying to address the public. The speaker urges people not to be fooled by the isms which is really the Grenadian officials and be swayed in the wrong path. The speaker is trying to prove a point to showcase how easily an individual could be swayed by the corrupted Grenadian’s which could lead to them changing their viewpoint. The line “No way, no way “this repetition serves to highlight the speaker’s anger and weariness towards the injustice being done. This culminates with the idea of West Indian Oral Tradition tracing back the different types of rulings and the effect it had on individual’s lifestyles. The very last stanza, the lines, “And you too, and you too” this

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