Martin Wylde Carter

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  • Anita Patterson (Boston University )

Martin Wylde Carter has long been regarded in the Caribbean as an important political poet and activist whose works painstakingly trace the volatile transition from colonialism to independence in Guyana. Imprisoned during the early 1950s by the British colonial authorities for his involvement in allegedly subversive activity by Guyana’s first democratically elected government, Carter wrote many poems that were inspired by his role in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the nationalist anti-colonial movement. Although three volumes of Carter’s verse - The Hill of Fire Glows Red (1951), The Hidden Man (1952), and The Kind Eagle (1952) - were all published locally, he is best known for Poems of …

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Patterson, Anita. "Martin Wylde Carter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2004
[, accessed 14 October 2015.]