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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hamner, Robert D.
Epic of the dispossessed.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c1997
|Named Person:||Derek Walcott; Homer; Homer; Derek Walcott; Homère; Derek Walcott|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Robert D Hamner
|ISBN:||0826211240 9780826211248 0826211526 9780826211521|
|Description:||x, 187 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Robert D. Hamner.|
Hamner briefly explains his perception of the epic tradition and its viability in contemporary literature. He examines Walcott's writing career and traces his development of devices, themes, techniques, and a narrative style essential to epic poetry. Although Walcott could not have fully anticipated Omeros, a retrospective view of his writing reveals the consistent accumulation of the skills and broad scope required for such an undertaking. Hamner attempts also to show that Walcott has incorporated into his personal style not only the more obvious aspects of his formal education but also uniquely West Indian cultural material and forms of expression.
Hamner describes Omeros as an epic of the dispossessed because each of its protagonists is a castaway in one sense or another. Regardless of whether their ancestry is traced to the classical Mediterranean, Europe, Africa, or confined to the Americas, they are transplanted individuals whose separate quests all center on the fundamental human need to strike roots in a place where one belongs.
- Walcott, Derek. -- Omeros.
- West Indian poetry (English) -- Greek influences.
- Epic poetry, English -- History and criticism.
- Homer -- Appreciation -- West Indies.
- West Indies -- In literature.
- Saint Lucia -- In literature.
- Castaways in literature.
- Exiles in literature.
- Homer -- Influence.
- Homère -- Influence.
- Poésie antillaise (anglaise) -- Influence grecque.
- Poésie épique anglaise -- Histoire et critique.
- Naufrages dans la littérature.
- Exil dans la littérature.
- Antilles dans la littérature.
- Sainte-Lucie dans la littérature.
- Walcott, Derek.