Dennis Scott

Dennis Scott Poems

Dennis Scott was a Jamaican poet and actor. His best-known poem is ‘Marrysong,’ which currently features on the IGCSE syllabus. His most important poems were written in the post-independence period in Jamaica and are marked by his use of local dialect. 

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by Dennis Scott

‘Marrysong’ by Dennis Scott describes the relationship between a husband and wife whose relationship is constantly shifting.

Dennis Scott's poetry is known for its vivid imagery, musicality, and Jamaican culture and identity exploration. 'Marrysong' is a prime example of his poetic style, using language to paint a vivid picture of the ever-changing landscape of a relationship.

He never learned her, quite. Year after year

that territory, without seasons, shifted

under his eye. An hour he could be lost

in the walled anger of her quarried hurt

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