Approaches to the Poetics of Derek Walcott

Author: Martínez-Dueñas, José
Pérez-Fernández, José
Year:2001
Pages:204
ISBN:0-7734-7475-7
978-0-7734-7475-8
Price:199.95
This work provides a fresh and illuminating approach by combining close analysis and interpretation with a perspective that is not restricted to current post-colonial or even Caribbean readings of Walcott’s work. It explores his poetry in relation to the traditional canon, his departures from the canon and its authors, his critical position in relation to it. It examines the complex relations that his poetic discourse establishes with previous poetic registers, with its own problematic nature, and the interplay of poetic meaning, landscape, and history. Includes an interview with Derek Walcott.

Reviews

“The essays are written in a clear and direct style. . . . the essayists’ enthusiasm for their subject as well as the expository care taken with the various interpretations should win new readers for an important poet’s work.” – J. Michael Dash

“. . . although this is a collection of nine papers and an interview with Derek Walcott, it is also and mainly much more than a collection of essays in the usual way. The impression one gets after reading the whole book is that of a unified, well-thought and well-wrought piece of literary research. . . . a serious and rigorous contribution to the knowledge of Walcott’s poetic universe and language.” – Fernando Galván

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface (Donald C. Freeman)
Introduction (José Luis Martínez-Dueñas Espejo and José María Pérez-Fernández)
I Have no Nation but Imagination: Derek Walcott, a Caribbean in North America (José Antonio Gurpegui Paclacios)
Tropical Sublime: Derek Walcott’s Early Poetry (Julián Jiménez Heffernan)
Terza Rima, the Sea and History in Omeros (José María Pérez-Fernández)
The Poetics of Space in Derek Walcott (Rosa Morillas Sánchez)
Return to Sainte Lucie: Poetry, Music, and Civilization (Marta Falces Sierra)
Poetry as Discourse: Readers and Critics (Miguel Ángel Martínez-Cabeza)
The Rhetoric of Dirt and the Hermeneutics of Mystery: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Part II” (José Luis Martínez-Dueñas)
Metaphor in Walcott (Belén Soria Clivellés)
An Interview with Derek Walcott (José María Pérez-Fernández)