Well deserved, Professor Morris

Monday, April 28, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

Heartiest congratulations to Professor Mervyn Morris for having been selected as Jamaica's latest poet laureate; indeed a most deserving honour.

Those of us who were fortunate to pass through his masterful tutelage at his old alma mater are the beneficiaries of his vast wealth of knowledge and expertise, ranging from the comprehension of Shakespeare's masterpieces to the appreciation of Miss Lou's poetic prowess, while adhering to the development of writing skills and the creativity of poetic expression. The net result is that his influence has had a real enduring effect on his students from 'the city set upon a hill' to the halls of Mona and beyond.

This outstanding Munronian, who is more known for his academic achievements, was also the 1958 Rhodes scholar, an avid hockey player, and a national lawn tennis champion who represented Jamaica in Brandon Trophy competitions as both player (and later captain) from the late 50s to 1970, and as non-playing captain of the British Caribbean Davis Cup team in 1967.

I wish to commend the National Library of Jamaica, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, for having made an excellent choice in the selection of Professor Morris for this most fitting title, which goes well with his national award, the Order of Merit.

Troy Caine






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