Derek Walcott Essay - Derek Walcott Poetry: World Poets Analysis

Derek Walcott Poetry: World Poets Analysis

Derek Walcott’s first important volume of verse, In a Green Night, was a landmark in the history of West Indian poetry, breaking with exotic native traditions of shallow romanticism and inflated rhetorical abstractions. In such entries as “A Far Cry from Africa,” “Ruins of a Great House,” and “Two Poems on the Passing of an Empire,” he began to confront the complex personal fate that would dominate all of his work—his identity as a transplanted African in an English-organized society. In “A Far Cry from Africa” he concludes,

I who am poisoned with the blood of both,Where shall I turn, divided to the...

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