Unit 13
7 • Diversity and inclusion

Caribbean poetry

How does the constant dualistic nature of Caribbean identity manifest itself in Caribbean poetry?

Gabeena Teenage Dub Poet performing at Glen Muir High School.


  • exotic / tropical (adj.)
  • archipelago /ˌɑːrkɪˈpɛləˌgəʊ/ (n.)
  • coast (n.)
  • island /ˈaɪlənd/ (n.)
  • palm trees (n.)
  • tourism /ˈtʊərɪzəm/ (n.)
  • West Indies (n.)
  • West Indians (n.)

You can’t live alone because no man is an 
island, drawing by Paolo Rivera, 2017.
You can’t live alone because no man is an island, drawing by Paolo Rivera, 2017.

Brainstorming question

What does the Caribbean mean to you?

Brainstorming question

Where may Caribbean culture take its influence from?

IDIOM of the week!

No man is an island

No man is an island

It is a quotation from the English metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631) and it appears in Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and several steps in my Sickness, Meditation XVII, 1624: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”.

Brainstorming question

What do you know about Caribbean history and culture?

Step 3

Take part in a talking poetry show.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

English-speaking countries in the Caribbean.
English-speaking countries in the Caribbean.

Let's learn!

Guess the flag

Choose one flag among the four at the top of the page. Describe it to your neighbour and see if he or she guesses which Caribbean country it is.

Step 2

Write two stanzas in free verse.
Activity 3

Your final project

Take part in a dub poetry writing competition.

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
Look at the vocabulary box below.
a. Find a title for each category.

b. In your opinion, which word best qualifies the “Caribbean”? Justify your choice.

c. To your mind, what is typical of the Caribbean?

a. Look at the map above. What part of the world does it show?

b. Do you know any of these places? Have you ever been there? Would you like to visit one of these places? Why?

Voir les réponses

Watch the video and explain what dub poetry is.
Workbook p. 100

Discuss the brainstorming questions.

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.

Caribean poetry

  • celebrate (v.)
  • convey (v.)
  • denounce (v.)
  • evoke /ɪˈvəʊk/ (v.)
  • honour (v.)
  • imply (v.)
  • praise (v.)
  • refer to (something / somebody) (v.)
  • struggle (v.)
  • suggest /səˈʤɛst/ (v.)

  • tradition (adj.)
  • contrast (n.)
  • distinction (n.)
  • duality /ˌdjuːˈælɪtɪ/ (n.)
  • identity (n.)
  • influence (n.)
  • isolation /ˌaɪsəˈlɛɪʃən/ (n.)
  • paradox (n.)

Caribean poetry

  • excerpt (n.)
  • meaning (n.)
  • theme /ˈθiːm/ (n.)
  • stanza (n.)
  • rhyme /ˈraɪm/ (v. or n.)

  • ambivalent /ˌæmˈbɪvələnt/ (adj.)
  • colourful (adj.)
  • diverse /ˌdaɪˈvɜːs/ (adj.)
  • dual /ˈdjuːəl/ (adj.)
  • influential /ˌɪnfluˈɛnʃəl/ (adj.)
  • meaningful (adj.)
  • multicultural /ˌmʌltɪˈkʌlʧərəl/ (adj.)

  • exotic (adj.)
  • tropical (adj.)
  • lagoon /ləˈguːn/ (n.)
  • landscape (n.)
  • tourism /ˈtʊərɪzəm/ (n.)

  • creole /ˈkrɪːəʊl/ (n.)
  • displacement (n.)
  • enslavement /ɪnˈslɛɪvmənt/ (n.)
  • migration /ˌmaɪˈgrɛɪʃən/ (n.)
  • roots (n.)
  • slavery (n.)
  • trade (n.)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Write an acrostic poem and present it.
Activity 1
Activity 2
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