What does the Caribbean sound like? How can the Caribbean be represented? In his study, The History of the Voice, the Jamaican critic Kamau Brathwaite argues that the ”hurricane does not roar in pentameters.” As a Caribbean phenomenon, the hurricane, cannot be adequately expressed in a European form. More generally, Caribbean experience, culture, and thematics require Caribbean Creoles as opposed to standard English, and they require a range of poetic forms, Brathwaite suggested. This seminar engages with lyrics, poetry, and other text types in order to engage these questions. Writers on the syllabus include Derek Walcott, Una Marson, Louise Bennett, The Mighty Chalkdust and others.