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by James Berry

DREAMING BLACK BOY


About the Poet

James Berry, (born 1924), is a Jamaican poet who settled


in England in the 1940s.

His poetry is notable for using a mixture of Standard


English and Jamaican Patois.

Berry's writing often explores the relationship between


black and white communities and in particular, the
excitement and tensions in the evolving relationship of the
Caribbean immigrants with Britain and British society from
the 1940s onwards.

He has been in the forefront of championing West


Indian/British writing.
Your Wishes/Dreams
We all dream when we are asleep.
Most of these dreams have very little
basis in reality. But there is another kind
of dream which is based on our
experiences. This is a longing, a hope or
a wish for something that is lacking.

What are some of the things that you


dream of doing / being / having?
I have a dream
Structure of the Poem

5 stanzas

Blank verse

No noticeable rhyme

Use of repetition gives rhythm


Poetic Devices

Repetition the word wish is repeated 12


times in the poem
Allusion
Paul Robeson - actor, singer, activist
Ku Klux Klan - torch throwers of night
- plotters in pyjamas'
Simile
Metaphor
Themes

Race/Racism
Freedom/Oppression
Justice
Equality
Childhood Experiences
Dreams and Aspirations
by James Berry

DREAMING BLACK BOY