Critical Analysis Of Omeros By Derek Walcott

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“Omeros” (Chapter XXVIII) written by Derek Walcott is packed full of both modernism and cultural identifications. In a short summary, “Omeros” (Chapter XXVIII) starts out by having a character, Achille, hearing a poet singing songs about their captivity that would indicate they were in the past. Next, it states how the tribes successfully crosses but were broken apart, every man is their own tribe now. Later on, the Middle Passage is described in greater detail and what they do on their way to the New World. The excerpt of this poem ends with the captives grieving for their lives they left behind, they communicate with their gods but quickly find out that pieces of their tribal language is escaping them. In relation to modernism, this poem shares many of the same characteristics. Modernism in literature is defined as being brought into existence in the late ninetieth and early twentieth centuries in Europe and North America, with a very articulate break from traditional ways of literature. This poem is under the genre of modernism because it encompasses many cultural and social changes of the time period. To start off, “Omeros” is a poem written with the idea of the Middle Passage looming overhead, so there is no surprise that it is caked full of cultural norms. One of these cultural norms would be song, “He heard the griot muttering his prophetic song of sorrow that would be the past,” (1-2). A griot, in terms of West African Culture, is either a performer, poet or

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