Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Poetry: Reflexive by Ashok Bery

By Ashok Bery

Ashok Bery strikes the dialogue of postcolonial poetry ahead via utilizing transnational views. This well timed examine seems at a variety of poets from various components, together with Heaney, Walcott, and Ramanujan. whereas making cross-cultural comparisons, the ebook situates works of their particular nationwide, poetic, cultural, and political contexts. not like such a lot postcolonial feedback, specific realization is paid to the language and kind of the poems.

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How reinvent that passenger, its million wings and hues, when we have lost the bird, the thing itself, the sheen of life on flashing long migrations? Might human musics hold it, could we hear? The immediate answer to this last question is in the negative: Trapped in the fouling nests of time and space, we turn the music on; but it is man, and it is man who leans a deafening ear. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 Songlines: Judith Wright and Belonging 33 34 Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Poetry Not only do we not listen, we impose our own voices on what we might hear, as we impose ourselves on the planet and pollute it: and changed to us; their voices were our own, jug jug to dirty ears in dirtied brine.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 The sirens sang us to the ends of sea, Songlines: Judith Wright and Belonging 35 Despite the destructiveness of human activity, there is also a suggestion here of continuity and perhaps even immortality through ‘song’: the cry is one that has been heard many times before (‘old’), it continues to be heard (‘still’) and will always be heard (‘still’ again). 26 In ‘The Unnecessary Angel’ (CP, pp. 291–2), song is explicitly linked to Australia and its settlement: Yes, we still can sing who reach this barren shore.

He wondered now. What other solution could there have been of the problem they had presented by their very existence? With the land his people needed they had lived in the closest of ties, the most stationary of balances; losing it, as sooner or later it was inevitable they must do, they had only the alternatives of death or transformation in their very selves – to die, or to serve an idea utterly foreign to them, losing in that service all their own wisdom and traditions: and they had refused to serve.

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