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ERIC Number: ED086998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 11
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Derek Walcott: Poet of the New World.
Livingston, James T.
Derek Walcott is the major voice of the Caribbean naissance. His strength lies in the creative tension between the particularity of his Caribbean setting and the universalities of his theme and style. His stylistic influences and allusions resemble those of Donne, Marvell, Yeats, Hopkins, Pound, Ransom, Spender, Lowell, and Graves. Passages of his poetry resemble Eliot's "Prufrock" in parody, Thomas in tone, and Auden in satire. The constellation of thematic polarities is responsible for much of the creative power in the poems of Walcott. Fundamental to all of them is Walcott's understanding of the difference between the poles of the New World and the Old. Isolation is the most prominent of Walcott's themes, the isolation of the individual in the modern world, the isolation of the Caribbean from the world's centers of culture and power, and finally the isolation from history that is inherent in the New World poet and his bitter optimism. (LL)
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