Selected Poems of Linton Kwesi Johnson

Selected Poems of Linton Kwesi Johnson A selection of Linton Kwesi Johnson s best poems over three decades Ranging from protests against police brutality to eulogies for departed friends and playful celebrations of urban life Johnson s us

  • Title: Selected Poems of Linton Kwesi Johnson
  • Author: Linton Kwesi Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780141025018
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected Poems of Linton Kwesi Johnson

    A selection of Linton Kwesi Johnson s best poems over three decades Ranging from protests against police brutality to eulogies for departed friends and playful celebrations of urban life, Johnson s use of Jamaican dialect to tackle distinctly British subjects contributed to a revolution in the notion of literary English This Selected Poems charts the unique literary taleA selection of Linton Kwesi Johnson s best poems over three decades Ranging from protests against police brutality to eulogies for departed friends and playful celebrations of urban life, Johnson s use of Jamaican dialect to tackle distinctly British subjects contributed to a revolution in the notion of literary English This Selected Poems charts the unique literary talent of one of Britain s most influential poets and social critics.

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    1. Domhnall

      This is one of those rare collections where I seem to like all the poems a lot. That is the skill of the selection because I know of poems I like less. He is well served too in the introduction by Fred D'Aguier, including a technical appraisal as follows: "More ofen than not his lines begin with a trochee and the poems sustain a rhyme scheme locked to a few rhyming sounds, same word sounds or word endings, rather like the ballad, the sestina or villanelle. His poetry is an epicure of this famili [...]

    2. Hetti

      I've only read a few of these poems but I think they're really good, I really like the poems in dialect, the videos on YouTube compliment them really well - his poems put to reggae beats behind it.

    3. Oda WT

      Rating a collection of poems like this is difficult as some pieces stand out more than others. Recommend listening to the pieces as well as reading them.

    4. G.

      So like many of the books I’m reading at the minute, this is one I only picked up because it was on my course’s primary reading list. I’m undecided about it if I’m honest. I’ve always loved poetry, and I understand that this is a rebellious piece, hence why it’s written to represent how it would be pronounced with a Jamaican accent, but I think as a written piece this hinders the reading of it.Having heard one of these poems spoken aloud on youtube, I can see why the way it’s writt [...]

    5. P.H.G. Haslam

      This was a very interesting read. It's thrilling to see the poetic potential of Jamaican patois on the page, having been already so familiar with its oral power. The Seventies Verse chapter is quite monotonous, largely evoking life as a young black man in Brixton at that time. But as the book goes on there are some truly moving poems, particularly Reggae fi Dada and More Time. Beautiful stuff, much recommended! And to anyone who gets a taste for patois, check out some of the astounding fast-pace [...]

    6. Amy Hawthorne

      Poetry written in dialect just isn't for me. One of the main general problems with this anthology though is that every single poem is the same. The rhythms are always similiar of the reggae style and about the same topic of oppression in Brixton, and people have been killed due to racism. Would like slightly more variation! I appreciate what this anthology is trying to do but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

    7. Laura Collins

      I quite enjoyed this collection. To begin with I was impressed but reading too much at once made them all blur into one as they all had similar themes and styles.I would recommend it but it didn't blow me away!

    8. Morgan

      Interesting collection from 3 decades of his work (1970-90s), in particular very informative on the history of police brutality and racism in the UK.

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