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Charlotte Murdoch

on 5 February 2010

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Transcript of Marryong

"Marrysong" By Dennis Scott About Dennis Scott Dennis scott was born in Jamaica in 1939. He had a distinguished career as a poet,
a playwright and an actor. He played Lester Tibideaux in the Cosby Show. He was a dancer in the
Jamaican National Dance Theatre, an an editor of Carribean Quarterly and was also a teacher!
His first collection Uncle Time (1973) was one of the first to establish the absolutely serious use of nation language in lyric poetry. The poem . He never learned her, quite. Year after year
That territory, without seasons, shifted
under his eye. An hour he could be lost
in the walled anger of her quarried hurt
on turning, see cool water laughing where
the day before there were stones in her voice.
He charted. She made wilderness again.
Roads disappeared. The map was never true.
Wind brought him rain sometimes, tasting of sea -
and suddenly she would change the shape of shores
faultlessly calm. All, all was each day new;
the shadows of her love shortened or grew
like trees seen from an unexpected hill,
new country at each jaunty helpless journey.
So he accepted that geography, constantly strange.
Wondered. Stayed home increasingly to find
his way among the landscapes of her mind.
The Title. The poem is called "Marrysong", and shows the reader what the poem is about, a loving relationship between two people. It was one of his first lyrical poems using nation language. Its seems strange that the title is called 'Marrysong' when the piece is a poem, not actually a song. Structure. The structure of the poem is irregular and does not have a set rythm. This gives the poet more freedom of word choice.
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