Patricia Ismond


I propose in this paper to look at a new area of concern which appears in Walcott's poetry since he left Trinidad to reside in the United States.' The two volumes appearing since then, The Fortunate Traveller (19^2) and Midsummer (1984), are interesting for what they document of his responses to this change of scene. Most outstanding in this respect is the heightened awareness, on Walcott's part, of the contemporary reality of an international milieu, turning as it does on the axis of relations between the super powers and the Third World, between the metropolitan North and the underdeveloped South. I will focus on Midsummer to examine Walcott's engagement with this particular concern.



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