Associate Professor at the Department of English, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. She was a Fulbright visiting researcher at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. (2000); she now does research in Victorian literature, Anglophone poetry, diaspora studies, and Caribbean literature in English. She has published four scholarly monographs, The Bridge and the Eclipse: Metaphor in The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Palacký UP 2004), Poetry in Great Britain and Northern Ireland after 1945 (Uniprint 2007), Diaspora in the Fiction of Andrea Levy (2014), and Grace Nichols Universal and Diverse: Ethnicity in the Poetry and Fiction of Grace Nichols (Palacký UP 2016). She has presented on Anglophone literature at international conferences, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed several entries to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry (Greenwood Press, 2006) and The Literary Encyclopedia (online). She co-authored monographs on contemporary Scottish fiction and Canadian literary history. Her current scholarly interest is British ethnic and diaspora literature.
The West Indian poet Mervyn Morris (1937-) is renowned for espousing the importance of a national language in creating national literature as well as for integrating European poetic heritage with Caribbean literary traditions. Through an exploration of Morris’s selected poems, the paper discusses the role language plays in shaping the themes of diasporic writing and of postcolonial identity, and argues that his works show a deep awareness of the fundamental aspects of West Indian and British culture. Since Morris “refuses to be trapped in the excesses of post-modern Romanticism or political propaganda parading as nationalism” (Thompson), the paper also looks at the presentation of eternal values like love and humanity celebrated in his poems. By foregrounding the frequent use of epiphanies in his poetry, Morris conveys human affection in the frame of colonial and postcolonial history. (PF)