Omeros

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Adelphi Edizioni spa

ISBN: 8845977560

Category: Poetry

Page: 584

View: 5895

Molti hanno detto, senza tema di smentita, che i nostri tempi non sono adatti alla forma del poema epico. Poi un giorno è arrivato Derek Walcott con il suo "Omeros", dove, con sfrontata duttilità e profusione di immagini, viene cantato un arcipelago che è come un continente, in delicato contrappunto con l’epos omerico. Omeros, aedo del tempo presente, racconta la storia di due pescatori, Ettore e Achille, innamorati della stessa donna, Elena, sensuale cameriera di un hotel di Saint Lucia, piccola isola sovrastata da due coni vulcanici, al centro del Mar dei Caraibi. E ogni personaggio, anche quelli di contorno, è come avvolto in un’aura luminosa che scaturisce sia dalla felice irruenza metaforica del linguaggio di Walcott, sia dal carisma di nomi, gesti e pensieri che riecheggiano, non senza venature ironiche, quelli dei corrispettivi eroi omerici. Ma "Omeros" racconta anche la storia di un tradimento: l’isola, a lungo contesa dagli imperi rivali di Francia e Gran Bretagna, è stata infine consegnata ai turisti; ma se Ettore, un tempo capace di intagliare una canoa nel cedro, è diventato un tassista, Achille, fedele all’arte dei padri, glorifica la presenza del mare nella storia della tribù. E su tutto veglia, pietosa, la poesia, che contempla l’umiliazione imposta all’uomo dalla volgarità dei tempi e lo riscatta. Omeros è apparso per la prima volta nel 1990.

Dennis Plunkett - Das Bild Einer Figur in Derek Walcotts Omeros

Author: Thilo Veenema

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640842952

Category:

Page: 124

View: 9765

Magisterarbeit aus dem Jahr 1995 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 2, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (Englisches Seminar, Professor Lengeler), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit beschaftigt sich mit der Figur des Dennis Plunkett in Derek Walcotts Omeros. Sie versucht, wie die Formulierung der Aufgabenstellung es vorgibt, das Bild der Figur Plunkett einzufangen und detailliert aufgeschlus-selt nachzuzeichnen. Wie bei einer intensiven Untersuchung eines Gemaldes soll versucht werden, Hintergrunde, Bilder-sprache, Konfigurationen und Bezuge zu anderen Werken her-auszuarbeiten. Das erste Kapitel "Gesamtuberblick" konzen-triert sich dabei auf das Herauslosen der Figur aus dem Kon-text des Gesamtwerkes. Dabei werden zunachst das Werk in seiner Struktur betrachtet und die wesentlichen inhaltlichen Merkmale und Figurenkonfigurationen erlautert. Das zweite Kapitel "Eine Rekonstruktion der Fakten von Plunketts Bio-graphie" ist der Versuch einer Biographie der Figur, so wie sie dem Leser, uber das Werk verteilt, vermittelt wird. Die Information wird dafur herausprapariert und in eine chrono-logische Ordnung gebracht. Auffallige Datierungsschwierig-keiten, die Chronologie und Kausalitat betreffen, werden im Anschluss daran genauer diskutiert und bewertet. Das dritte Kapitel "Namensanalyse" mochte die Vielzahl von Interpreta-tionsmoglichkeiten des Namens aufzeigen. Dieser Teil, der sich mit moglichen etymologischen, historischen und litera-rischen Quellen des Namens Dennis Plunkett beschaftigt, illustriert, auf welch eindrucksvoll vielschichtige Weise Walcott seine Figuren entwirft. Aufgrund der engen Verbin-dung zu der Figur Maud Plunkett, wird auch der Vorname die-ser Figur untersucht. Die Bildersprache Walcotts, deren Funktion nicht allein die der Illustrierung, sondern auch der Verknupfung von Figuren und Stoffen ist, wird in dem Kapitel "Emblematik und Symbolik" mit dem Schwerpunkt auf die Embleme Wunde und Schwein berucksichtigt. Wi"

Omeros

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783446182998

Category:

Page: 343

View: 4523


Die Schwalbe als Symbol und Leitmotiv in Derek Walcotts Omeros

Author: Katja Pabst

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638139468

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 19

View: 5546

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2000 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2,75, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Englisches Institut), Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar: Derek Walcotts Omeros, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Derek Walcotts Longpoem Omeros, welches vordergründig die Geschichte einer Gruppe zumeist farbiger Menschen erzählt und deren Leben auf der karibischen Insel St. Lucia beschreibt, wird von zahlreichen Symbolen getragen. So sind z.B. die Namen der Protagonisten aus der griechischen Mythologie entlehnt. Des weiteren sind das Meer, die Insel St. Lucia und auch Personen und Tiere symbolischer Natur. Im ersten Teil der Arbeit werde ich betrachten, welche zoologischen Merkmale der Schwalbe zugeschrieben werden, um ihre Eigenschaften im weiteren Verlauf der Arbeit auf die Symbolwelt beziehen zu können. Als weiteren Punkt werde ich die Tradition der Schwalbe in der Literatur behandeln und auch auf ihre Perspektivität eingehen. Das Augenmerk wird darauf gerichtet sein, ob es sich bei der Schwalbe um ein Leitmotiv handelt, und ferner, an welchen Stellen sie im Text eingebunden ist. Ich werde mich dabei darauf beschränken, ihr Erscheinen im Zusammenhang mit Achille, Maud, Philoctete und der Erzähler zu untersuchen, und herausarbeiten, welche Bedeutung sie für die einzelnen Personen hat. Ansichten zu übergreifenden Deutungsansätzen für den Roman und die Aussage des Romans für die Gesellschaft werden die Hausarbeit abschließen. [...]

Walcott's Omeros: Revitalization of Wounded Caribbeans

Author: Rahman Mostafiz

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3730991906

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 22

View: 8287

While writing this epic, Walcott adopts and transforms elements from Pound's The Cantos, Eliot's The Waste Land and Crane's The Bridge. He uses pseudo-Dantean verse, Sapphic prosody, Homeric sensibility and Virgilian methodology, which does not show his inaptness of aesthetic purity of writing epic, but rather shows his attempt to set a new trend in literary modernism. I have defined this new trend as polyglossic epic which I will demonstrate in this book.

Ambition and Anxiety

Ezra Pound's Cantos and Derek Walcott's Omeros as Twentieth-century Epics

Author: Line Henriksen

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042021497

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

View: 5865

This comparative study investigates the epic lineage that can be traced back from Derek Walcott's Omeros and Ezra Pound's Cantos through Dante's Divina Commedia to the epic poems of Virgil and Homer, and identifies and discusses in detail a number of recurrent key topoi. A fresh definition of the concept of genre is worked out and presented, based on readings of Homer. The study reads Pound's and Walcott's poetics in the light of Roman Jakobson's notions of metonymy and metaphor, placing their long poems at the respective opposite ends of their language poles. Although there has already been an intermittent critical focus on the 'classical' (and 'Dantean') antecedents of Walcott's poetry, the present study is the first to bring together the whole range of epic intertextualities underlying Omeros, and the first to read this Caribbean masterpiece in the context of Pound's achievement.

In the Shadows of Divine Perfection

Derek Walcott's Omeros

Author: Lance Callahan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135884536

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 150

View: 6513

In the Shadows of Divine Perfection provides an examination of Derek Walcott's Omeros 1990)- the St. Lucian poet's longest work, and the piece that secured his Nobel Laureate-that reveals the deep-seated bond between the root narratives of ancient Greece to the cultural products and practices of the contemporary Caribbean. This book presents the first detailed reading of Walcott's highly controversial attempt to craft a Caribbean master narrative. This book also presents an overview of the poem's ideological orientation and a far-reaching critique of current postcolonial theory. Lance Callahan engages some of the most vexing problems of authenticity by reading Walcott's work alongside ancient Greek literature and culture.

Epic of the Dispossessed

Derek Walcott's Omeros

Author: Robert D. Hamner

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826211521

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

View: 3245

Hamner briefly explains his perception of the epic tradition and its viability in contemporary literature. He examines Walcott's writing career and traces his development of devices, themes, techniques, and a narrative style essential to epic poetry. Although Walcott could not have fully anticipated Omeros, a retrospective view of his writing reveals the consistent accumulation of the skills and broad scope required for such an undertaking. Hamner attempts also to show that Walcott has incorporated into his personal style not only the more obvious aspects of his formal education but also uniquely West Indian cultural material and forms of expression.

Omeros

Author: Costas Komborozos

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539014430

Category:

Page: 122

View: 9813

Homer, the epic poet, lays in bed as he awaits his imminent demise. He sees the Muse of Epic Poetry appear before him. The Muse allows him to become part of the world of his epic poem. "Sing no more, Muse, for the lights of Olympus have faded. The gods have fallen silent, the glowing worlds beneath them no longer in a state of becoming. Helen's beauty, the bearer of all summer likenesses, becomes a mere imprint on my poetic tongue's last spoken syllable. A once-unending river bends. Like Achilles, I feel time irrevocably shifting my life's golden stream. My life is ending. Time hurls itself toward me, distinctly sharp and clear in its mortal profusion. The arrow reaches its mark, and I feel that the demigod's hands are my own. The half-perspiring palms are intersecting lines, which then converge with smaller lines along the coarsely gleaming moisture. I sink beneath the weight of a heavy sky. A world immeasurably white now breathes the end of me, reminding me of the silent kindness of snow. My time has come. My life ebbs away into a rimless ocean, the sun above it no longer a radiant disc but a sky entire. A heaven-shaped sun filled to my mortal world's brim. The light of this sky blinds me with necessity, for it quickly departs and gives way to heavy tears of soot. The sky is now as sightless as a poetry unheard, the dim stars in it teeming with unconcern, half-jovial indifference even. My life rises beneath the blackened dome. It moves like a century's incessant yearning. Calliope appears before me, her hand gliding gently above mine. Her gaze suffuses the time-worn depths of me, the brilliance of her eyes smiling upon a heart half-darkened with dread. Death slowly descends upon me. Calliope helped me tell my tale, but now I must find the words and meaning of my life's end. I find myself wrestling with history's iron grasp, and then I see the beauty of a woman whose life's moments come together to form her matchless visage. My life ebbs out in slow rivers, but my remembering mind takes me back to the most beautiful and ageless beginnings. My senses begin to dim, and I feel unconsciousness slowly rising. But my heart still beats with the deepest of yearnings, for it allows me to feel that I am part of that glorious world. The Muse now looks deeply into my eyes. I feel my life unfolding for a second time."

Derek Walcott

Author: Rainer Lengeler

Publisher: Verlag Ferd.Sch├╢ningh GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3506728873

Category: Caribbean literature (English)

Page: 93

View: 3611


Nobody's Nation

Reading Derek Walcott

Author: Paul Breslin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226074283

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

View: 877

Nobody's Nation offers an illuminating look at the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history. Paul Breslin argues that Walcott's poems and plays are bound up with an effort to re-imagine West Indian society since its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated attempt at political unity, and its subsequent dispersal into tiny nation-states. According to Breslin, Walcott's work is centrally concerned with the West Indies' imputed absence from history and lack of cohesive national identity or cultural tradition. Walcott sees this lack not as impoverishment but as an open space for creation. In his poems and plays, West Indian history becomes a realm of necessity, something to be confronted, contested, and remade through literature. What is most vexed and inspired in Walcott's work can be traced to this quixotic struggle. Linking extensive archival research and new interviews with Walcott himself to detailed critical readings of major works, Nobody's Nation will take its place as the definitive study of the poet.

Antike Mythen - Mythos Antike

posthumanistische Antikerezeption in der englischsprachigen Lyrik der Gegenwart

Author: Kai Merten

Publisher: Wilhelm Fink Verlag

ISBN: 3770538714

Category: Classical literature

Page: 353

View: 2105

Die griechisch-römische Antike ist seit etwa einem Jahrzehnt wieder ein zentraler Bezugspunkt kultureller Rezeption und Repräsentation: so im Theater und im Film, in Ausstellungen und allen voran in der Literatur. Daß dabei vor allem die antiken Mythen Interesse finden, liegt nicht zuletzt daran, daß die Antike selbst zum posthumanistischen Mythos geworden ist. An einem umfangreichen Textkorpus aus der englischsprachigen Gegenwartslyrik erkundet die vorliegende Studie Voraussetzungen und Ausprägungen einer neuen Mythopoetik, die zur Grundlage das Ende des Humanismus und dessen poetische Aufarbeitung hat. Lektüren zentraler lyrischer Texte von 1970 bis heute, u.a. von Tony Harrison, Derek Walcott und Eavan Boland, verbinden sich mit einer breit angelegten Analyse des Statuswandels der Antike in der englischsprachigen Welt zur ersten umfassenden Untersuchung zeitgenössischer literarischer Antikerezeption.

Walcott's Omeros

A Reader's Guide

Author: Don Barnard

Publisher: First Forum Press

ISBN: 9781935049906

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 8447

Don Barnard¿s reader¿s guide plumbs the richness, subtlety, and power of Derek Walcott¿s Omeros. Barnard adeptly lays out the major themes of the work, explains Walcott¿s geographical, historical, and autobiographical references, and explores his use of symbolism. He also highlights the qualities that make Omeros a master class in the use of form, rhythm, and rhyme and proposes new solutions to issues raised by earlier critical works. Walcott¿s own comments on both the poem and the writer¿s task enhance this invaluable contribution.

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Epic Proportions

Author: Katharine Burkitt

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409405990

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 162

View: 3104

Focusing on works by Derek Walcott, Les Murray, Anne Carson and Bernardine Evaristo, Burkitt investigates the relationship between literary form and textual politics in postcolonial narrative poems and verse-novels. Her book makes a critical intervention in the politics of literary form as she notes the way works by these authors disrupt and undermine the expectations attached to particular genres and literary traditions.

The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

Author: Catherine Bates

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139828274

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 7089

Every great civilisation from the Bronze Age to the present day has produced epic poems. Epic poetry has always had a profound influence on other literary genres, including its own parody in the form of mock-epic. This Companion surveys over four thousand years of epic poetry from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh to Derek Walcott's postcolonial Omeros. The list of epic poets analysed here includes some of the greatest writers in literary history in Europe and beyond: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Camões, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats and Pound, among others. Each essay, by an expert in the field, pays close attention to the way these writers have intimately influenced one another to form a distinctive and cross-cultural literary tradition. Unique in its coverage of the vast scope of that tradition, this book is an essential companion for students of literature of all kinds and in all ages.