A Study of Derek Walcott and His Poetic Cosmos

Goutam karmakar


                        It was in the 1960s that the Caribbean writers felt the need to show the world their individual identity and the problems of their community. And so many poets emerged from West Indies and among them Derek Walcott was perhaps one of the best poets world  have ever seen. As a poet of mixed ancestry, he tried to show the problems, conflicts, contradictions in religion, race and colonial heritage of that period. He got his inspiration and as well as was influenced by some mentors like T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden and Ezra Pound. Actually he wanted to show the world the economic, socio-cultural, socio-political and racial problems of his people and in doing so he adopted many concepts, changes, themes and symbols in his poetry. In this paper, I have attempted to show the various poetic visions or his poetic cosmos that lie in his poetry through some of his everlasting poetry.

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