Dabydeen views that the slave thrown into the sea is floating for “centuries”, ad his memory of his origin has faded away, tough not completely. Nither he recalls his memory as well as identity, nr is his hope to begin everything anew with the help of Turner fulfilled. Rther it is crushed. I rewriting Turner’s painting Dabydeen has shown a considerable degree of sincerity not to violate an artist’s integrity. Trough the use of a number of visual imageries, h revamps the Turner’s painting with a puff of life, endowing it with the dynamics of a story that tells the history of a forgotten past.
Dbydeen’s narration and Turner’s painting often go hand in hand, a Erik Falk says, “he close proximity between poetic text and painting warrants a brief description of the image” (127). Areader who has never viewed Turner’s painting can imagine the slave ship destined toward England in the vast stormy ocean, te maimed limbs of the brutalized slaves being thrown overboard. Bt Dabydeen does not tell much about the “body parts protruding from the “ pair of hands and a leg that belong to slaves” who have plunged into the sea headfirst.
Rther the scenario has been assimilated in Dabydeen’s narration of the history. I a real sense Dabydeen deals with the forgotten part of the history, h himself acknowledges it: M poem focuses on the sunken head of the African in the foreground of Turners picture. I Turners seas…. i has been drowned for centuries. Wen it wakes up, i can only partially recall the sources of its life, s it invents body, abiography, ad it populates an imaginary landscape.
Te poem starts with a focus on a slave who has been thrown into the sea. Ideed Dabydeen has created two temporal environments for his readers: i one of them, te slave in focus remains afloat in oblivion “for centuries” and in other one, h awakes from “a lifeless sleep into remembrance and speech by a child, tssed from a “future ship” that drifts toward him” (Falk 125). Wereas the previous context prepares a historical plot in which a reader can be tormented and affected by the narrator’s nostalgia.
Bt immediately the hope of future can enlighten him or her through the link between the past and the future. Dbydeen’s story moves smoothly forward keeping the readers in between the oppressed oblivious past and an imagined future, a...
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