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Derek Walcott

Due to limited access to both poems, below are some ideas to help get you started. Two dominant themes in Derek Walcott's poem "Ruins of a Great House" are certainly death and decay. Death is first...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2015 3:50 am UTC

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Derek Walcott’s “Ruins of a Great House” is accurately titled. It opens by describing the ruins of a colonial mansion, including stones (1), the dust of the beautiful girls who once lived (and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012 4:59 am UTC

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The main themes in the poem "The Castaway" are the power of nature, the power of man over nature, and the cyclical nature of life. Throughout the poem, the natural world is personified. For...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 11:22 am UTC

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Considering that Derek Walcott’s “A Careful Passion” navigates the dissolution of a relationship, the poem centers on the theme of heartbreak. Specifically, he uses dense images of the sea to...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 8:14 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott

The theme of the poem is the importance of seasons—especially winter, a season of stillness when the "mind reflect[s] its fixity." The speaker feels a kinship with the birds (ducks) as they come to...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 3:36 pm UTC

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An analysis of “Tales of the Islands” could center on the form of Derek Walcott’s poem. One might discuss how the ten chapters are like islands in themselves. They’re distinct stanzas or,...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2021 4:01 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott's poem "Veranda," is about death and transition; it's about the links between the past and present. In the first part of the poem, the speaker remembers a time when the West Indies...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 9:00 am UTC

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The theme in Derek Walcott’s “Elsewhere” can be seen through the lens of repetition. The word "somewhere" is repeated over and over to emphasize a specific tone, meaning, and intent to the poem,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 11:01 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott's "Adam's Song" uses the story of Adam and Eve's temptation in the Garden of Eden, and their subsequent expulsion from paradise, to comment more generally on the familiar human...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 11:40 am UTC

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"The Walk" describes a poet's struggle to reconcile himself with the pain and difficulty of the creative process. This is one of the poem's main themes. The speaker describes a "brain that tires,"...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 8:40 am UTC

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"The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory" is the title of a Nobel lecture given by Derek Walcott in 1992. It concerns themes of post-colonialism and the emergence of an authentic culture out of the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020 4:10 am UTC

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One of the main themes in Walcott's poem "Sabbaths, W.I." is the theme of poverty. In the second stanza of the poem, the speaker refers to poverty as "the incurable sore." This metaphor suggests...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 4:03 pm UTC

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This poem is about mankind's loss of innocence and consequent fall from grace, and it uses the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden as its reference point. In the opening stanza, which...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 2:34 pm UTC

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The main theme in the poem, "The Almond Trees," is the beauty and power of nature. The eponymous almond trees are personified throughout the poem to emphasize their power and presence. The speaker,...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 9:07 am UTC

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“Love After Love” is a short, three-stanza poem in free verse. Its tone is gentle but full of certainty and contains a religious element. The poem itself reminds me of the refreshing air just after...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 4:47 pm UTC

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"Lampfall" is, like so many of Derek Walcott's poems, about the fluidity of memories and daydreams. There is not much rhyme in the poem, and likewise there is no regular syllabic meter, meaning...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 12:19 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott's "The Wind in the Doorway" is one of several of Walcott's poems that begin with frustration, but which manage to find a solution or at least a sense of peace. "The Wind in the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 4:07 pm UTC

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One theme of Walcott's "Forest of Europe" is exile. The poem mentions Joseph Brodsky, a Russian poet forced into exile by the Soviet Union, who moved to the United States in 1972. Such lines as the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 8:41 pm UTC

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A postcolonial approach tries to understand the literature and culture of former colonized countries in light of their complex histories. In particular, the interactions and relationships between...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 7:20 pm UTC

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This poem is about the process of aging. The speaker associates old age with strength and nobility, and speculates that when he dies he might return, like the trees when they fall, to the earth....

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 9:16 am UTC

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There is no consistent or regular rhyme scheme in Derek Walcott's poem "Landfall, Grenada." In the opening stanza, there are half-rhymes at the end of lines 1, 3, and 5: the words "anchored,"...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 9:17 am UTC

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Derek Walcott's poem "The Walk" does not have a regular rhyme scheme. In fact, the only rhyme is in the penultimate stanza, where the second and fourth lines end in the words "clenched" and...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 1:56 pm UTC

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In "To Return to the Trees," Walcott reflects on the process of ageing, death, and man's connection with nature. These are the main themes in the poem. The speaker, in the third stanza, wonders...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 9:43 am UTC

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The main theme in Derek Walcott's "Ebb" is the conflict between man and nature, and this conflict is made evident in—and developed through—several key images. In stanza two, Walcott describes a...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 6:53 pm UTC

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Robert Head, a mariner, was a close friend of Derek Walcott, and the poet wrote "Landfall, Grenada" as a tribute to him. In fact, the poem could be seen as an elegy, a poem of serious reflection...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 8:26 am UTC

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Derek Walcott’s poem “White Egrets” is an observational poem that discusses the speaker's experiences watching egrets in Santa Cruz. The poem, set in eight parts, traces the speaker's musings on...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 6:23 am UTC

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Walcott says “The Muse of History” is the “medusa of the New World” and that writers who attempt to redress historical (namely white European) wrongs are being conveniently selective with their...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2009 1:29 am UTC

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The primary themes of Derek Walcott’s poem are grief and randomness. As the speaker grieves for the loss of their dog, Oddjob, they contemplate the arbitrary way that life’s events occur. While one...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 7:41 pm UTC

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The first line of Derek Walcott’s poem “The Gulf” provides a clue as to where the speaker is. The “airport coffee” indicates that the speaker is at an airport. The second line links to the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2021 4:20 pm UTC

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One main theme in Walcott's poem, "Homecoming: Anse la Raye," is the relationship, or connection, between a person and their native country. The speaker in the poem returns to his native land but,...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 8:12 am UTC

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The second and third lines definitely contain caesuras (or caesurae, whichever you prefer). As the other responses have noted, a caesura is a pause in a line of poetry meant to create a sense of...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 6:54 pm UTC

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One of the main themes in Derek Walcott's poem "Landfall, Grenada" is emigration and relocation. The speaker addresses a person who seems to have left his own country for another, and the speaker...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 5:27 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott's poem "Adam's Song" is, in a sense, a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve. The poem focuses on the loss of innocence symbolized by that story, and the anguish consequent of that...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 2:17 pm UTC

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This poem does not have a formal poetic structure. It is written in free verse, and could almost be considered a prose poem but for the enjambment. Enjambment is a word used to describe the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 1:53 am UTC

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Derek Walcott's poem is about the conflict between man and nature. The speaker laments the damage that mankind has inflicted upon the natural world, and seems pessimistic as to the possibility of...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 1:32 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott's poem, "The Almond Trees," does not have a regular rhyme scheme running throughout the poem. There are some rhymes later in the poem. In the fifth stanza, for example, the last two...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020 3:13 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott, a West Indian writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. In choosing Walcott, the selection committee stated that his poetry contained luminosity and radiance. This...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2012 6:11 pm UTC

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To answer this question, one should explore how disparate cultures and languages intersect in Derek Walcott’s poetry. One poem where there is an identifiable crossroads between culture and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2021 6:45 pm UTC

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In some of the poem's stanzas, the first and third lines rhyme. In the third stanza, for example, the first line ends with the word "lie" and the third line ends with the word "multiply." When the...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020 12:33 pm UTC

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When discussing the presentation of death in Derek Walcott’s poetry, you could focus on a few different points. One thing Walcott does in many of his poems is to connect death to the natural world....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 2:00 pm UTC

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To identify some of the major themes of transnational poetics in Derek Walcott’s poem “The Castaway,” one should look for parts that transcend or eschew traditional tropes about nations and...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021 4:34 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott’s poem expresses love and the grief that results from the loss of a loved one. Although in this case the deceased is a dog, not a person, the speaker is moved to profound grief. An...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 6:29 am UTC

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In terms of the rhyme scheme, "Forest of Europe" has a rather loose, but nonetheless regular rhyme scheme. In each stanza there is either a full rhyme or a half rhyme between the first and last...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 12:11 pm UTC

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In "Endings," Derek Walcott echoes the ending of T. S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men," which concludes with the well-known lines: This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2021 10:38 am UTC

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There are several examples of alliteration throughout the poem, and in most examples, the alliteration is used as a form of onomatopoeia. For example, in the opening stanza, the speaker describes a...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020 9:53 am UTC

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Since you've asked this a number of times, I'll give it a shot. But I'm not guaranteeing that I understand what's going on here. Overall, what Walcott seems to be doing in this part of his essay...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2009 1:30 pm UTC

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Derek Walcott's "The Almond Trees" seems to have no rhyme scheme if by "scheme" we mean a visible pattern. At most, one sees occasional lines, even stanzas, rhyming. The rhymes disappear only to...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 5:51 pm UTC

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To find the themes of "Frederiksted, Dusk" by Derek Walcott, let's start with trying to sort out the meaning of this complicated poem. It is a kind of transcendental poem that addresses the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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"The Walk" is a poem about a writer's struggles with the creative process. He finds that this creative process is slow and painful, and necessarily opens up old wounds. He also seems to speculate...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 11:17 am UTC

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The poem "The Almond Trees" by Derek Walcott, does not use a formal structure or rhyme scheme. Despite this, the poem has slant rhymes and assonance that achieve the emphasis and meaning found in...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 1:17 am UTC

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