Author: Derek Walcott
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466880406
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Derek Walcott's Omeros is a poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

Epic Of The Dispossessed

Author: Robert D. Hamner
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826211521
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Hamner briefly explains his perception of the epic tradition and its viability in contemporary literature. He examines Walcott's writing career and traces his development of devices, themes, techniques, and a narrative style essential to epic poetry. Although Walcott could not have fully anticipated Omeros, a retrospective view of his writing reveals the consistent accumulation of the skills and broad scope required for such an undertaking. Hamner attempts also to show that Walcott has incorporated into his personal style not only the more obvious aspects of his formal education but also uniquely West Indian cultural material and forms of expression.

A Critical Edition Of Derek Walcott S Omeros

Author: Donald Edwin Barnard
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The thesis is a Critical Edition of Derek Walcott's Omeros, consisting of a Critical Introduction and Annotations. The Critical Introduction analyses: - Narrative - Settings - Metaphor and Paronomasia - Symbolism - Historiography - Intertexts - Dualism - Autobiography - Dialects - Prosody. The Annotations comment on more than 1000 references that may be obscure and on specifics of narrative, language and prosody. This study presents new conclusions about some aspects of Omeros: - It challenges the prevailing view that the work is written substantially in a variation of terza rima and shows that regular quatrains predominate. - It demonstrates ways in which the metrics follow the sense of the narrative and takes a more balanced position on the use of Caribbean as opposed to classical metrics than that put forward previously. - It identifies a paragraphic structure to the verse. - It proposes a new prosodic structure for the significant Chapter XXX/iii. - It extends Walcott's recognised use of numerology into word counting the names of characters. - It develops the idea of Walcott's dualism and his use of pairing and contradiction as a dialectical method. - It defines his wide use of paronomasia and shows that many of the puns have a metaphorical aspect beyond mere word-play. - It analyses some of Walcott's symbolism. - It identifies intertextual links to his earlier works and to some thirty other writers, and suggests homage to Hemingway and possibly Heaney. - It provides the first complete analysis of Walcott's rhyme types in Omeros. In its analysis of Omeros and in the Annotations it has included commentary from across the critical literature, to provide some sense of other views on Walcott's writing, and has included as many as possible of Walcott's own comments on Omeros and on the writer's task, as a background to understanding the poem.

Allusions In Omeros

Author: Maria McGarrity
ISBN: 9780813061009
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Omeros is considered the masterwork of Caribbean-born poet and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. McGarrity, an expert on Joyce and Caribbean literature, has written a definitive and needed high-quality reading guide for this important piece of postcolonial Caribbean literature.

In The Shadows Of Divine Perfection

Author: Lance Callahan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135884536
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In the Shadows of Divine Perfection provides an examination of Derek Walcott's Omeros 1990)- the St. Lucian poet's longest work, and the piece that secured his Nobel Laureate-that reveals the deep-seated bond between the root narratives of ancient Greece to the cultural products and practices of the contemporary Caribbean. This book presents the first detailed reading of Walcott's highly controversial attempt to craft a Caribbean master narrative. This book also presents an overview of the poem's ideological orientation and a far-reaching critique of current postcolonial theory. Lance Callahan engages some of the most vexing problems of authenticity by reading Walcott's work alongside ancient Greek literature and culture.

Ambition And Anxiety

Author: Line Henriksen
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042021497
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This comparative study investigates the epic lineage that can be traced back from Derek Walcott's Omeros and Ezra Pound's Cantos through Dante's Divina Commedia to the epic poems of Virgil and Homer, and identifies and discusses in detail a number of recurrent key topoi. A fresh definition of the concept of genre is worked out and presented, based on readings of Homer. The study reads Pound's and Walcott's poetics in the light of Roman Jakobson's notions of metonymy and metaphor, placing their long poems at the respective opposite ends of their language poles. Although there has already been an intermittent critical focus on the 'classical' (and 'Dantean') antecedents of Walcott's poetry, the present study is the first to bring together the whole range of epic intertextualities underlying Omeros, and the first to read this Caribbean masterpiece in the context of Pound's achievement.

Walcott S Omeros Revitalization Of Wounded Caribbeans

Author: Rahman Mostafiz
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 3730991906
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While writing this epic, Walcott adopts and transforms elements from Pound's The Cantos, Eliot's The Waste Land and Crane's The Bridge. He uses pseudo-Dantean verse, Sapphic prosody, Homeric sensibility and Virgilian methodology, which does not show his inaptness of aesthetic purity of writing epic, but rather shows his attempt to set a new trend in literary modernism. I have defined this new trend as polyglossic epic which I will demonstrate in this book.

Programme For Omeros

Author: Derek Walcott
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Description: The programme for a performance of Omeros, an adaption of Derek Walcott's epic poem. Content in the programme includes: an interview with Simon Stanford and biographies of those involved with the production.

Walcott S Omeros

Author: Don Barnard
Publisher: First Forum Press
ISBN: 9781935049906
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Don Barnard¿s reader¿s guide plumbs the richness, subtlety, and power of Derek Walcott¿s Omeros. Barnard adeptly lays out the major themes of the work, explains Walcott¿s geographical, historical, and autobiographical references, and explores his use of symbolism. He also highlights the qualities that make Omeros a master class in the use of form, rhythm, and rhyme and proposes new solutions to issues raised by earlier critical works. Walcott¿s own comments on both the poem and the writer¿s task enhance this invaluable contribution.