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 or other resources (like encyclopedias) in the library 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
While you do not have
to turn in any information on this research (part one), I recommend taking
notes on each bulleted topic listed above so you’ll have them for reference
when reading Brand’s poetry.
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. Look up words you
don’t know. Apply the
information you found out about Grenada, etc. in Part One to the poem. You
may write answers to the following questions on a separate sheet of paper or
directly on the poem itself.
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 3 major patterns and identify 1 major technique (that is not a
pattern) in “October 19th, 1983.” Then explain what lines 30 to
40 in the poem are really talking about.