The Caribbean Focus
This book deals with the Caribbean phase of Walcott's poetry, as represented by the volumes produced from 1948 to 1979, an output extending from the juvenilia (25 Poems , Poems , and Epitaph for the Young ) to The Star-Apple Kingdom (1979). The Caribbean phase coincides, effectively, with the period of Walcott's residence in the Caribbean, and ends with his change to residence in the United States – or more accurately, to what may be called either his itinerant status as commuter between, or his dual residency in, the Caribbean and the United States. In this context, The Star-Apple Kingdom presents itself as the last fully Caribbean volume, The Fortunate Traveller (1982), which follows, being a transitional work of the change to dual residency. The present work concentrates on this Caribbean phase of the poetry as an important one concerned with Caribbean identity and self-definition.
Walcott has gone on to become, since this earlier part of his career, a writer of phenomenal world stature; and the consensus, especially among metropolitan critics, is that the Walcott who has come into his own voice and authority is the later one (usually dated from The Star-Apple Kingdom}.1 The earlier