Chapter 6. Poetry and Decolonization

  1. Nigel Alderman Assistant Professor2 and
  2. C. D. Blanton Assistant Professor3
  1. Jahan Ramazani recipient

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch6

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

How to Cite

Ramazani, J. (2009) Poetry and Decolonization, in A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry (eds N. Alderman and C. D. Blanton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Mount Holyoke College, USA

  2. 3

    University of California, Berkeley, USA

Author Information

  1. Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English and Department Chair, University of Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405129244

Online ISBN: 9781444310306



  • decolonization - reshaping geography and aesthetics of English-language poetry;
  • Derek Walcott's “A Sea-Chantey,” twins repetitive structure of prayer with secular incantations of a work song at sea;
  • determined resistance - Johnson representing not only monumental beauty and civilization but of systemic oppression;
  • detumescence of Larkin's - bespeaks an anxious somnolence, abored disquiet, about the sameness;
  • Derek Walcott's high diction and rhetoric - seeming to place him squarely on side of alienated, introspective, modernist elitism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Imagining Decolonization

  • Alienation and Community

  • Further Reading