Annotated Bibliography – The Devil’s Language

Annotated Bibliography – The Devil’s Language
The article under discussion is a poem by Marilyn Dumont. The poem talks about the uptight standards that have been put in place by the custodians of English who put through any work f literature through a rigorous process of ensuring that all the rules of grammar are in place failure to which the work is considered as a product for the Native Literature section. Evidently, the persona is of Cree decent and is very vocal about the kind of treatment that they receive as they try to lay claim to a piece in the literary world. The extent of the displeasure of the treatment from the custodians of the King’s English is manifested in the symbolic reference to his English as the ‘Devil’s Language’. Evidently, the article becomes relevant to the study as it offers insights into two major themes in literature. Firstly, we are exposed to the degrees of imperialism that have crept up into literature where a standard is placed in any work that seeks to be recognized as an English literature. Secondly, the poem looks into the question of heritage; we are made aware that the persona is of Cree decent and thus they are compelled to forego their language if they intend to lay claim to any form of mastery of the King’s English. In support of these themes are certain literary devices that make the read all the more enjoyable. From the title, we are exposed to the use of symbolism in reference to the King’s English which has caused just as much chaos as the devil. Moreover, imagery and satire are used as key mediums in spreading the poet’s message. In conclusion, suffice to say that the poet, Marilyn Dumont, offers personalized insight into the struggle that one heritage undergoes especially considering that she is of Cree decent.


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