Conflict with Loyalty in the Poem A Far Cry from Africa by Derek Walcott

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“I who am poisoned with the blood of both Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?” (27-28) Derek Walcott’s poem “A Far Cry from Africa” deals with the poet’s inability to resolve his hybrid inheritance causing conflict between his loyalties to Britain and native Africa. Derek Walcott (1930- ) born in St. Lucia, spent most of his life in Trinidad and was also a recipient of Noble prize in literature in 1992. Belonging to both Anglo-European and Afro-Caribbean heritage, his duality in origin gave birth to a sort of identity crisis within himself. Most of his writing is a painful and jarring depiction of ethnic conflict and divided loyalties which earned him international fame in regard to his works in relationship of human. The intricate…show more content…
The poem brings both internal as well as external conflict to the speaker and reveals about the how in the name of anti-colonial policy brought destruction to “paradise” Africa. However, Walcott is in complete dilemma as he cannot be either part of outsider or insider and he is unable to sympathize either British or African. He cannot defend the uprising or completely condemn it. Walcott begins his conflict by describing the state of Africa and by describing the power of African “as something living and vital “the tawny pelt”, and the “wind of change” of the African to gain independence from colonial conquest and occupation” (Dawoud, 2012). However, he is not taking side of anyone rather exploring the strength and the weakness of the British and the African (Dawoud, 2012). Although the poet portrays the painful exploits of the British on the native African without any sympathy, the poet also states the reason for this cruel exploitation of the African. Walcott also describes the African Kikuyu as: "flies/Batten upon the bloodstream of the veldt" (3) The African is compared to that of primitive savages who abuse the fertile resources of their native plains (Kishor, 2014). So in this matter, the arrival of the British and the British colonizing the Africa is seen as the “blessing in disguise” as it appears to benefit not only the people but

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