Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 was published on Friday.

We have found that much of the poetry produced by Virgin Islands writers fits into the classification of “free verse,” which is credited to the American poet, Walt Whitman. Some would argue that the origin of “free verse,” however, is in the King James version of the Bible, one of the books found in most post-emancipation households in the 19th century.