Philoctete’s Wound as the Wounds of Slavery

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms defines a simile as, “An explicit comparison between two different things, actions, or feelings, using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’…” (Baldick 334). In his critically-acclaimed epic poem, Omeros, Derek Walcott uses similes to connect Philoctete’s shin wound to the sea as a life giver and a life taker, thereby linking … Read morePhiloctete’s Wound as the Wounds of Slavery

Analysis of Derek Walcott’s ‘The Almond Trees’

Derek Walcott’s poem ‘The Almond Trees’ expresses the overwhelming power of colonial memory and the brutality of the colonial enterprise. Through his central image of “coppery, twisted, sea-almond trees”, Walcott justifies the critic Mark McWatt’s view that Walcott is “distanced by vocation, by a habit of perception” as he shows the intensity of his personal … Read moreAnalysis of Derek Walcott’s ‘The Almond Trees’

Technique, Theme, and Autobiography: Analysis of “A City’s Death by Fire”

The poem “A City’s Death by Fire” by Derek Walcott is a semi-autobiographical poem, a recollection of the Great Fire of 1948 in Central Castries (the capital and largest city of St. Lucia). The Great Fire attacked three quarters of the town and left more than 2,000 people homeless. This cataclysmic event affected Walcott’s life, … Read moreTechnique, Theme, and Autobiography: Analysis of “A City’s Death by Fire”