Poetry of Haitian Independence by Doris Y. Kadish
In the early 19th century, Haiti became the first and only modern state born of the slave revolution. During the first decades of Haiti's independence, a wealth of original poetry…
Poetry of Haitian Independence synopsis
In the early 19th century, Haiti became the first and only modern state born of the slave revolution. During the first decades of Haiti's independence, a wealth of original poetry was created by residents of the former French Caribbean colony and published in Haitian newspapers.
These poems deeply celebrated the legitimacy of the new nation and the value of African authors' assets while revealing a common task shared by all Haitians in the young republic: freedom from oppressors and equality for all.
This influential collection of the Haitian verse written between 1804 and the late 1840s highlights the urgent need for an important and often neglected period in Haitian literary history.
Editors Doris Kadish and Deborah Jenson have collected poetry that has remained largely unknown and hard to reach since its original publication two centuries ago. The original volume is a monument to a turning point in the history of Haiti and the world and makes a wide range of poetry accessible to a wide audience for the first time..
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