Pre-Reading Research and Reading for
It is imperative that
you complete some research before delving into Brand’s poetry. Please use
the links below to read up on the following topics:
the political situation in
Grenada in 1983
key people (like Maurice
the U.S.’s involvement and
interests regarding Grenada
Try the sites listed below or do a search on-line to
PART TWO—READ & THINK
Read the attached poem,
“October 19th, 1983” by Dionne
Brand. Apply the information you found out about Grenada, etc. in Part One
to the poem.
What event is Brand is writing
What is Brand’s opinion of
what has happened?
What is the mood of this
poem? How do you know?
PART THREE—RESEARCH and more READ & THINK
1. Also please
research the following key terms: colonialism and
2. Write up definitions
that you understand in your own words for each of those words.
3. Re-read and
color-mark “October 19th, 1983.” Then
explain what lines 30 to 40 in the poem are
really talking about.