By Patricia Ismond
This ebook offers with the Caribbean part of Walcott’s poetry. The paintings is worried with Caribbean id and self-definition. forsaking useless Metaphors uncovers the innovative attempt in a selected unique direction, that has up to now remained mostly unobserved.
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In the course of this effort, a pattern emerges as he gravitates towards areas of imitation congenial to his predilections and needs. In effect, the basic working framework here remains one of imitation, and Walcott is the apprentice learning the rudiments of his craft and finding his own accesses of confidence within the traditional medium. We turn to the poetry to examine the nature and levels of his achievement in this effort. At a primary level, the imitation is represented in the range of traditional forms with which he is working.
Another immediately striking area of his craft in the sequence is the attempt to represent, along with standard usage, the dialect and Creole forms native to the region. Elements from the Creoles and dialects are blended into the standardized usage as local(izing) effects: this is the basic method in the overall scheme of the sequence. In some places, however, Walcott concentrates exclusively on experimenting with Creole and dialect usage. Chapters IV and VI are the classic examples. 23 32 A bandoning Dead Metaphors The original impetus behind the experiment with Creole and native forms is the localizing effort itself.
But in his hands, the technique serves a mode of perception quite different from Thomas's. Metaphoric identification and transference in Thomas come out of his visionary faith in the continuum of the life force through all forms. In Walcott's poem the technique works to apprehend the relations and correspondences between orders of reality, outer and inner, physical and Apprenticeship: Juvenilia to In a Green Night 29 metaphysical. Walcott's correspondences engage the faculty of reasoning, where Thomas's depend more on the intuitional.