By Patricia Ismond
This publication bargains with the Caribbean part of Walcott’s poetry. The paintings is worried with Caribbean id and self-definition. forsaking lifeless Metaphors uncovers the progressive attempt in a selected detailed course, that has thus far remained principally unobserved.
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Walcott has closely adapted Thomas's techniques of extracting and combining the multiple associations and figurations of the word as image. But in his hands, the technique serves a mode of perception quite different from Thomas's. Metaphoric identification and transference in Thomas come out of his visionary faith in the continuum of the life force through all forms. In Walcott's poem the technique works to apprehend the relations and correspondences between orders of reality, outer and inner, physical and Apprenticeship: Juvenilia to In a Green Night 29 metaphysical.
Written concurrently with 25 Poems (1946-49), it represented an autobiographical outlet for the early Walcott. It contains, Apprenticeship: Juvenilia to In a Green Night 21 therefore, a record of his closest motivations and leanings at this initial stage. The other and most prominent feature of Epitaph is its sheer literariness, a literariness that almost masks content. The poem comes through as a panoply of voices and forms from the masters of the Western literary tradition classical, traditional and contemporary.
Concentration on crafting of the sonnet form itself is intense. He described his aims as follows: "What I have been trying to do with them over the last five years is to get a certain factual, biographical plainness about them . . to dislocate the traditional idea of the sonnet as a fourteen-line piece of music. "22 Before proceeding to the formal aspect emphasized in his statement, we need to begin with a look at content. The sequence represents his most sustained overview of the peculiar ills and problems of society in the region so far, and is indeed the very first to do so in verse.
Abandoning Dead Metaphors: The Caribbean Phase of Derek Walcott's Poetry by Patricia Ismond