Situated along one of the unbeaten paths of the Hope Royal Botanical Gardens is a quiet and intimate space dedicated to literature.
Launched on December 10, 1953, the Poets Corner is a space that celebrates the works of Jamaican poets and literary scholars.
The space was established by the founder of the Poetry League of Jamaica, Poetry Laureate J. E. Clare McFarlane.
Poets such as Claude McKay, Thomas McDermot also known as Tom Redcam – First Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Herbert Delisser, Herman Ould and Sir. Thomas Taylor have been honoured.
This has been marked by their names being carved into a large alabaster stone within the space.
Alabaster is a soft, smooth and fine grained sedimentary rock that is used frequently for carving. It was perfect for carving the names of Jamaica’s poetic greats.
Other literary geniuses whose names are carved include: Una Marson, Roger Mais and J.E. Clare McFarlane.
The Poets Corner is perfect for hosting events that range from literary open mic readings and recitals to intimate musings of acoustic musical sessions.
For the artists, creators and teachers out there – you can use the Poet’s Corner to teach, create and gain inspiration.
Do you aspire to inspire others? Willing to take the path less travelled? Contact us and we will assist you in utilising the space and honouring the art of poetry.
Contact us and we will assist you in utilising the space and honouring the art of poetry.
Author: Candice Stewart