Derek Walcott’s ambivalence in his Poetry Abstract In this paper I explore Derek Walcott’s ambivalence towards colonizers’ culture through hi poetry. As he is the son of both Anglo-European and the Afro-Caribbean heritage he is divided in his own identity. We find both attraction and repulsion towards the English culture and language all through his poems. Unlike many post colonial poets Walcott does not blame the European culture rather he tries to celebrate the both by universalizing the situations. There is common tendency in his poetry that he tries to minimize the gap between the colonizers and colonized.
Often people come to a fork in their lives that demand a decision. Unfortunately, the decision may not be easy to make even when evaluated closely. Robert Frost the author of “The Road Not Taken” intelligently emphasizes using theme, conflict, setting, mood, clever narration, and symbolism to express that making decisions is inescapable, a path can be researched thoroughly but is unknown unless it is traveled. This poem reveals the difficulty of decision-making as well as the human nature when confronted with conflict. Robert Frost develops a theme in “The Road Not Taken” that is relatively confusing simply due to being a short poem that causes readers to perceive the concept differently depending on their worldview.
In fact, he is recognized as being the migrant writer par excellence and as a canon of the contemporary Black British literature, exploring the themes of identity and belonging in his works. He stories deal with his experience as a being an outcast in the British society as he introduces some autobiographical element in his works, emphasizing on the fact that one’s past and history have an impact on their present life and even on their future. Thus, he focuses on the interaction between history, travel, and identity. Even more important, what makes his writings unique is the fact that he does not restrict himself to the Black’s point of view and experience of being confronted to a new society. Growing up in a white environment with a clear division between two cultures, between “we”, the white English people and “the others”, the black, had an important impact on Phillips’ identity and his sense of self as he explains “One felt very much split.
Jaarsma (457) whose views of Goldsmith’s emotions are full of heartache and sorrow, comments that “the “I” is forced to admit that the world to which he so avidly wishes to return is inexorably lost to him”, which creates a striking image of despair and melancholy for the poet. Towards the denouement of the first section of the poem, Goldsmith appears to be full of heartache and wretchedness. The poet’s sense of longing for the past is yet again displayed, through the nostalgic recollections of his youth-“These were thy charms- but all these charms are fled” (34). From the numerous examples outlined above, it is evident that the themes of nostalgia and irishness have been addressed. Although Goldsmith’s recollections of his time spent in Ireland portray joy and delightfulness, the poet’s emotions of despair and sorrow are strongly present, due to his longing for the
A paradox, or self contradictory statement, is the perfect way for the speaker to express his predicament. He does not “ deserve pleasure”, but he also “does not deserve pain” explains the speaker’s feelings of guilt and remorse for his immense fortune, while the working class can barely get by. In parallel lines in his poem, the speaker uses the words “failed” and “successful.” He uses these words so close together to demonstrate the failure he and civilization throughout history has faced in order to be
Abstract: Chinua Achebe, the recipient of Man Booker International Prize,2007, has one interest which is to be responsible to the fate or destiny of his people and society. Achebe as an African writer, his writing especially novels portray the various colors and texture of the post-colonial African reality. Observations such as socio-psychological impacts influence the author and so the literature. Hence, the post-colonial literature is described in The Empire Writes Back, as "what each of these literatures has in common beyond their special and distinctive regional characteristics is that they emerged in their present form out of the experience of colonization and asserted themselves by foregrounding the tension with the imperial power and by emphasizing their difference from the assumptions of the imperial center. It is this which makes them distinctively post-colonial".
Metaphysical poets are unable to achieve their poetic goals because they do not represent basic human nature and human feelings in their poetry. Metaphysical poets are highly argumentative. They are the men of learning. In their poetry we find the union of soul and mind, thought and emotion, Sublimity and Triviality. T. S Eliot has rightly pointed out that passionate thinking is the chief mark of metaphysical poetry.
In truth, even after thirty-four years of his first delivered public lecture “An image of Africa”, excoriating the book, he spoke again against it in an interview with Robert Siegel where it seems that, for him, the novella is the product of “a seductive writer and who could pull his reader into the fray.” Thus, he wanted to disclose the truth about its hidden intentions so that the reader would not be fooled by its tricky writing style. In fact, he wanted to convey the message that Heart of Darkness is a book full of racial discrimination, reducing the image of Africa to “one of the dark places of the earth.” Even more important, despite its status as the canon of Western literature, Achebe discredited it and insisted on that fact that it should not be considered like a great innocuous book as he commented, “a novel which celebrates this dehumanization, which depersonalizes a portion of the human race, can be called a great work of art. My answer is: No, it cannot." Actually, He gave a great attention to it because, for him, storytelling is not just mere string of words without any repercussion but it
Elements of Exile and Alienation in R. Parthasarathy’s poem ‘Trial’ Vinay Kumar Dubey Department of English Delhi Public School Ranipur, Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Abstract The self-imposed exile had left a traumatic impression on Parthasarathy 's soul and psyche which compelled him to look for his real self in his Tamil milieu and Tamil language. "Trail”, the second part of Rough Passage voices the efforts of the poet to celebrate, love as a reality here and now. The impulse to preserve his culture is at the bottom of "Trial", where he is continuously haunted by his inadequacy at his inability in Tamil language and feels segregated and alienated. The concluding part of first section "Exile" of 'Rough Passage ' intoned the self awareness of