The Castaway and The Gulf
Walcott's next volume of poetry, The Castaway, comes out of a period of important changes and developments in his personal life and career. After a year studying theatre in America (1957–58), he had returned to Trinidad to make that island his home and base as an artist. He founded the Theatre Workshop in 1959, and settled down to a full-time career as an artist, divided between his work in developing the workshop, and his writing (plays and poetry). He also settled down to family life with Trinidadian Margaret Maillard, whom he married in 1962. With youth and adolescence well behind him, he was entering an adult phase distinguished by a deliberate and full responsibility to work as an artist in the region. It was the beginning of a phase which, lasting some twenty years, would prove the most seminal and productive. It remains the true backbone of his career and achievement.
The Castaway introduces a pervasive mood of negation, which contrasts strongly with the elation and affirmative spirit of the earlier phase. This mood