Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Poems: ‘Ol’ Higue’ and ‘Le Loupgarou’


The what - Content:

  • Theme – The supernatural, stories used to explain unknown or phenomena. Beliefs held by society custom - culture
  • Ol’ Higue – name given to woman who haunts babies – this results in sickness or death.
  • Practices govern how this situation is treated – use of salt, rice grain and the sun.
  • This belief has held its root and will not go away – because as long as babies get sick  and die – blame will be cast on Ol Higue.
The Form – Layout of poem
  • 3 stanzas written in free verse – this facilitates the type of poem – dramatic monologue – persona’s expression of her feelings. This also allows for introspection as well as involvement of the reader/listener to participate in the situation.
The How - Structure
  • Dramatic monologue
  • Diction – use of colloquial and expression relating to society eg. ‘dry-up woman’
  • Movements among and within paragraphs – reader/listener invited to sympathize with her pleading to listeners – then to justification of actions – acceptance of relevance to society and mothers.
  • Use of punctuation and lineation – question marks, ellipsis, exclamation – facilitates the dramatic monologue style, supports the changes in emotions and the need for the listener/reader to see from her point of view.
  • Use of imagery – ‘few drops of baby blood’ blood running in new veins, ‘fly come’(literal and figurative)
  • ‘Believe me-‘short line – to prepare the reader and solidify what is to come – an acceptable truth.
  • See Notes on English B pg. 32-33
Comparison to other poem
  • ‘Le Loupgarou’ – a sonnet -   hence more structure is evident in terms of lineation, rhyme scheme
  • Use of end and eye rhymes, poem divided into an octave and sestet
  • Delving in the world of the supernatural – a realistic situation – a man Le Brun – being used and told as something supernatural.
  • Story told as a rumour – section about him turning into a werewolf – this is to both facilitate the extent of his actions what happened to him and the women’s dislike of him.
  • Use of imagery and literary devices – oxymoron ‘Christian witches’ howled and lugged.
  • Both poems Caribbean in nature – custom and tradition – affects practices done and treatment given to and by people.
Ol’Higue’s story facilitates the mothers’ explanation for the unexplained (sick or dead baby) – while the story of Le Brun and what has been added on by the women – facilitates their gossip and what the community holds on to.

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