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    The Poems of Derek Walcott

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    Caliban remains too heavily mired in nature for its uplifting powers of reason and civilization.”- (Paget, 20) “Break a vase, and the love that resembles the fragments is greater than the love which took its symmetry for granted when it was a whole.” (Walcott, Nobel Speech) The issue of cultural blend is central to Caribbean poetics and politics. The poetics of this ‘New World’ claimed to emerge from a landscape devoid of narrative, without history. Yet, Derek Walcott’s poetry is replete with allusions

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    Helen in Omeros by Derek Walcott

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    are also some suspicions raised within Maud about her husband’s Plunkett obsession with Helen. Helen represents both the young woman and the island of St. Lucia, which is known as the Helen of the West Indies. The characteristics given to Helen by Walcott reflect the struggle with being dominated by males and them trying to claim her. She must fight the tourism and the men attempting to cast claim on her. In VI, we see Helen with an independent and rebellious spirit: “What the white manager mean to

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    Legacy of Derek Walcott and his Works

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    A Nobel Award Winner and a popular West Indian literary writer, Derek Walcott was much known for his superb works on drama and poetry. Often times, his themes transgress the traditional boundaries that had been separating races, places and languages all over the world. Derek Walcott intended on exploring cross-cultural ethnicity, politics, power and places' history. A City’s Death by Fire and A Far Cry from Africa are two samples of many poem collections that he had written. Both of these came from

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    to The Odyssey: A Commentary on the English Translation of Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Random House, 1993. Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Random House, 1990. Joyce, James. Ulysses. New York: Random House, 1986. Walcott, Derek. Omeros. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.

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    conflict and ever-changing relations, came to resemble Freud's concept of id. We observe, in their writings (Walcott and Roy) the apparently rational surface of consciousness hides a mass of tangled and conflicting desires, impulses and needs. The outer person is a mere papering-over of the cracks of a split and waring complex of selves driven by life and death instincts. Walcott in his poem 'The Divided Child' writes, There was your heaven ! The clear glaze of another life,

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    Colonialism and Beyond

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    in Things Fall Apart, Colin Turnbull's he Lonely African This course on colonial and post-colonial literature satisfies my cravings for thought and literature that falls outside of the mainstream of the Eurocentric view of things. Achebe, Walcott, Arundhati, and Kincaid etc. the so-called marginalized- third-world writers provide another perspective, another glimpse of reality as they see and experience it. Hopefully this journal will juxtapose colonial and post-colonial perspectives. I'm

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    Completion, and the Narrator’s Inspiration “Time is the metre, memory the only plot” (129) Derek Walcott forced the literary world to disagree with him when he denied that Omeros was an epic. Some critics suggest that, like his narrator, Walcott is not sure where his work belongs. Others suggest that Walcott denies its obvious genre in order to avoid being categorized. Regardless, Derek Walcott repeatedly says that the purpose of his writing is to wrestle with the duality within himself and that

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    Omeros and St Lucia Derek Walcott’s Omeros is an epic story which fits well into the classical tradition. Its numerous echoes of Homeric writing combined with the use of characters’ names from Homer’s stories are clear evidence to the fact that there is a major parallel to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. There is no debate in this obvious fact. Omeros and Derek Walcott’s writing, however, are much more than a mere reproduction of classical Greek and Roman themes. Arguing

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    Derek Walcott Themes

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    Derek Walcott (1930) was born at Castries, St Lucia, an isolated Caribbean island in the West Indies. His father, Warwick, was a Bohemian artist; he died when Walcott was very young. “I was raised in this obscure Caribbean poet,” he later wrote in a poem about his family, “where my bastard father christened for me his Warwick.” Walcott’s mother, Alix, was a teacher. She was very well-read and taught her children poetry. A central theme that runs throughout Walcott’s works is his search for identity

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    identified with separate characters, but can function within a whole culture to render the culture weak, sickly or out of balance. In Derek Walcott's epic Omeros, the island of St. Lucia and its inhabitants are healed both individually and collectively as Walcott dares to redefine heroic behavior as a psychological transformation toward wholeness. Ancient and modern epics follow a very Western tradition by defining heroism as the accomplishments of individual heroes to further the good of the whole, which

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