What is the reference to 'Spain' in the poem "A Far Cry from Africa" by Derek Walcott?       "...again  A waste of our compassion, as with Spain The gorilla wrestles with the superman..."

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The reference is to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) between the Republican forces, which defended the country's democratically-elected socialist government, and the right-wing Fascist Falange that would eventually win leading to Francisco Franco's thirty-six-year dictatorship.

Derek Walcott's "A Far Cry from Africa " is about a completely different historical event: the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in Kenya (195-1956). The Mau Mau movement was formed by a faction of the Kikuyu tribe, the largest of the country. The revolt was violently repressed by British...

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