Abandoning Dead Metaphors: The Caribbean Phase of Derek Walcott's Poetry

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Notes

Chapter 1
1
See Rei Terada, Derek Walcott's Poetry: American Mimicry (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1992), 10.
2
Derek Walcott, Collected Poems: 1948–1984 (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986), 127.
3
Terada, American Mimicry, 219.
4
Derek Walcott, “The Figure of Crusoe”, in Critical Perspectives on Derek Walcott, ed. Robert Hamner (Washington, DC: Three Continents Press, 1993), 36.
5
Derek Walcott, “The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory”, in What the Twilight Says (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998), 70.
6
William Baer, ed., Conversations with Derek Walcott (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 1996), 58.
7
Interestingly, the phrase “don't leave on the earth” is echoed in the epigraph to Dream on Monkey Mountain (Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays [New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970; London: Jonathan Cape, 1972]), which is repeated by Makak in the play: “If the moon is earth's friend, / how can we leave the earth?” The quotation is taken from an unidentified Noh play.
8
Octavio Paz, The Bow and the Lyre, trans. Ruth L. Simms (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973), 218.
9
Walcott, “The Muse of History”, in What the Twilight Says.
10
See ibid., 39; and “Laventille”, CP, 85.
11
Edward Baugh, “The West Indian Writer and His Quarrel with History”, Tapia 7, no. 8 (20 February 1977): 6–7.
12
James Livingston, cited in Robert Hamner, Derek Walcott (New York: Twayne, 1993), 64.
13
Walcott, “What the Twilight Says: An Overture”, in What the Twilight Says.
14
In addition to Baugh's “The West Indian Writer”, see the following: Lloyd Brown, “Caribbean Castaway, New World Odyssey: Derek Walcott's Poetry”, Journal of Commonwealth Literature 11, no. 2 (December 1976): 149–59; R.D.E. Burton, “Derek Walcott and the Medusa of History”, Caliban 3, no. 2 (1980): 3–48; Michel Fabre,

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