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

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CHAPTER FOUR
Revolutionary Creed,
Race, Politics and Society

Towards the Definition of a Revolutionary Creed: “What the
Twilight Says” and “The Muse of History”

Chapter 3 presented a Walcott fully engaged in the internalized explorations of The Castaway and The Gulf. From the mid-1960s, however, the period of composition of the poems of The Gulf and the beginning of Another Life, dramatic developments on the public scene are engaging his attention equally strongly, as is reflected in a number of important poems in The Gulf. This period sees the peak of revolutionary activity in the United States (the transition from the era of Martin Luther King to that of Malcolm X); it also sees the intensification of Third World anti-imperialist struggle, under the impetus of leftist ideology, spearheaded in the region by the example of Cuba. In Trinidad, these influences lie behind an upsurge in militant anti-establishment activity which rallied and gained momentum under the banner of black nationalism. It was to climax in the historic Black Power uprising of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments viii
  • Abbreviations x
  • Chapter One - The Caribbean Focus 1
  • Chapter Two - Juvenilia to in a Green Night 17
  • Chapter Three - The Castaway and the Gulf 43
  • Chapter Four - Revolutionary Creed, Race, Politics and Society 103
  • Chapter Five - Alter/native Metaphors in Fulfilment 140
  • Chapter Six - Towards Another Life 225
  • Notes 281
  • Bibliography 295
  • Index 304
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