By Patricia Ismond
This booklet offers with the Caribbean section of Walcott’s poetry. The paintings is worried with Caribbean id and self-definition. forsaking useless Metaphors uncovers the innovative attempt in a selected particular path, that has to this point remained principally unobserved.
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My father's spirit in arms. " And he, "If Thou observe the Star that guides the mariner Beyond the dubious haven of the promontory, you will please our Father .. (Canto VIII, 24) Beneath the welter of voices and allusions, however, there is one clear and consistent focus in this quest for belief. While he looks to emulate the "brilliance of Stephen's reasoning", the emphases in his dialectic are not exactly those of Joyce's hero. The exclusive concern here is with the contradictions of the doctrine of sin and redemption, the bondage of flesh versus the doctrine of perfectibility.
19 The two comments highlight immediately striking features of this volume. There is, first, the strong presence of the West Indian landscape; and second, the remarkable degree of competence in handling the verbal and rhythmic resources of the language, which prompted Graves's response to its "inner magic". A survey of the volume shows a concentration Apprenticeship: Juvenilia to In a Green Night 27 on rendering the postures of the islands both in the better poems carried over from the juvenilia and in those written later in the period, for example, "A City's Death by Fire" and "Tales of the Islands" respectively.
As earlier seen, Walcott has strongly internalized this religious bond from his upbringing. The creative redeployment of the Christian tradition has two culminating points in the literature - Dante in the medieval period, and the Metaphysicals in the Renaissance. His apprenticeship to the Word shows an essential continuity from Dante, as the most inclusive voice in Epitaph, to the Metaphysicals in this volume. The poem which most clearly demonstrates the reality of this apprenticeship and its wider implications is "Ruins of a Great House".