Multicultural Poetry: On Filigrees, Grafting, and Mirrors

  • Ulla Rahbek


Rahbek reads poetry by Elaine Feinstein, Daljit Nagra, and Jackie Kay with a special focus on metaphors and imagery. The chapter takes a point of departure in the contrasting vocabularies and conceptualisations of British multiculturalism discourses. It explores myriad attempts at defining what multiculturalism signifies before it goes on to read the poems ‘Migrations’, ‘Look we Have Coming to Dover!’, and ‘Moss Side Mirrors’ in detail. Paying particular attention to the rich connotative power of the poetic metaphors of filigrees, grafting, and mirrors, the chapter argues that poetry and poetic imagery ought to be an integral part of the representational space of British multiculturalism since it offers ways of thinking more playfully about the convivial and conflictual state of contemporary superdiverse Britain.


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  • Ulla Rahbek
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenKøbenhavn SDenmark

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