Summary

The poem “Listen Mr Oxford don” is written as a monologue by a Caribbean immigrant, John Agard, who addresses an English professor from Oxford University. The speaker suggests that he is seen as a dangerous man because he is an immigrant – and his identity is revealed to others by him speaking in dialect. The speaker suggests that he has been accused of ‘assaulting’ the English language and shows how his language deviates from official English grammatical structures and spelling. The speaker also warns the English professor that he will use language to defend himself from discrimination.