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Snowscape With Signature

Sadly a posthumous collection, but chosen by the poet before his death, Snowscape with Signature shows Hopkinson to have been not only a pre-eminent recorder of 20th century Caribbean upheaval, of social indifference, wasteful violence and conflicts of race and politics, but a deeply moving poet of the inner person who can 'speak praise to heaven for this man's handicaps/ which have stripped him at last down to himself'.

£8.99

Author(s)
Abdhur Rahman Hopkinson
ISBN
9780948833748
Pages
112
Price
£8.99
Classification
Poetry
Setting
Jamaica, Guyana, Canada
Date published
1 Aug 1993

Sadly a posthumous collection but chosen by the poet before his death, Snowscape with Signature shows Hopkinson to have been not only a pre-eminent recorder of 20th century Caribbean upheaval, of social indifference, wasteful violence and conflicts of race and politics, but a deeply moving poet of the inner person who can 'speak praise to heaven for this man's handicaps/ which have stripped him at last down to himself'. As a convert to Islam, Hopkinson also wrote some of the finest religious poetry to come from the Caribbean. In his adeptness with the 'sweet fetters' of form on a surprising fluidity of perception, Hopkinson will surely come to be seen as not only one of the Caribbean's finest poets, but an outstanding poet in any company.

The collection is introduced by the leading Caribbean poet and critic, Mervyn Morris. 

'Hopkinson's poems are tightly disciplined but his imagination ranges at will, his capacity to surprise makes every one of his poems worth reading.' - Mario Relich, Lines Review.

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Abdhur Rahman Hopkinson

Slade Hopkinson was born into a middle class family in New Amsterdam, Guyana in 1934. His father was a barrister-at-law, his mother a nurse. A few years after the death of his father, his mother took Slade & his sister to live in Barbados where he attended Harrison College. In 1952, he went to the University College of the West Indies on a scholarship, coinciding with Derek Walcott and Mervyn Morris as students. Slade Hopkinson was active in University theatre, performing as Tiresias, Lear (Mervyn Morris writes: 'his processional entrance as decrepit majesty, head tilted at a petulant angle; his visceral howl of suffering in the storm - are remembered still') Joxer Daly, Prospero and others. He directed Oedipus and King Lear. He obtained his BA in 1953 and a Dip. Ed. in 1956.

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