Literary Analysis Of 'The Rot Remains With Us, The Men Are Gone'
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show his rage toward the empire. The persona moves from an exhibition of anger, resentment, hate and bitterness to a compassionate understanding of his British masters, who themselves were once slaves to the Romans. This greater perspective of things enables the speaker to accept the existential nature of his divided-self and that of West Indian man.
The rhyme scheme is also not the typical ab rhyming format. It almost makes it difficult for the reader to flow from stanza to stanza without pausing to obtain the full message in each one. His language structure is not something that the reader would see or even understand the meaning of in an everyday poem. The rhyme scheme, meter, and stanza lengths all vary, though on an iambic base. "The rot remains with us, the men are gone" is a perfectly regular line of iambic pentameter, while "Ablaze with rage I thought" is iambic trimeter and "Nook-shotten, rook o 'reblown, deranged" is iambic tetrameter. Therefore the poem does not have a particular rhyme scheme.
With reference to the theme decay, some literary devices that stand out in the poem are allusions, metaphor and imagery. The persona uses imagery, so we get a clear view of how the society may have been like from his perspective “Grown in the silt that clogs the river’s skirt” this is an image of decay and loss of energy or validity; the word clogs means its lost its pieces or gone to pieces. Walcott describes the splendour of the house and its eventual dilapidation. The