In the Shadows of Divine Perfection: Derek Walcott's Omeros by Lance Callahan

By Lance Callahan

Within the Shadows of Divine Perfection presents an exam of Derek Walcott's Omeros (1990) - the St. Lucian poet's longest paintings, and the piece that secured his Nobel Laureate - that unearths the deep-seated bond among the basis narratives of historic Greece to the cultural items and practices of the modern Caribbean. It provides the 1st precise studying of Walcott's hugely arguable try and craft a Caribbean grasp narrative. In a close research of the poem's metrical and structural beneficial properties, Lance Callahan indicates that Omeros 's most typical figures are old Aeolic and Sapphic toes. additionally universal in Calypso lyrics, those metrical beneficial properties recommend an ambiguity the place a few critics have came upon a devoted homage to the eu canon. an analogous ambiguity exists within the poem's use of epic equipment and poetic perform - an ambiguity figured such a lot forcefully within the shadow picture. Departing from the aspect of syllable pressure, towards the huge strokes of the Omeros 's courting to its epic precursors, this ebook additionally offers an summary of the poem's ideological orientation and a far-reaching critique of present post-colonial idea. during this ebook, Callahan engages probably the most vexing difficulties of authenticity by means of interpreting Walcott's paintings along historic Greek literature and tradition.

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Still, the bunched stresses and thirteen syllables cause this line to read in a quite irregular manner. The following line moves to the more common ternary cadence, but again the extra syllable, this time stressed, causes the line to read in an uneven fashion. The third line is highly regular, as the poet/narrator speaks the word “Omeros” aloud for the first time. The next line can be divided into two amphibrachs followed by three trochees, what I have termed a divided line, while the fifth line, which deals with “mother and sea,” key concerns of the poem, is composed in amphibrachic tetrameter.

Ternary meters are hinted at but never clearly introduced. The stresses tend to be bunched together, often separated by four or more unstressed syllables, and although this study has not employed a generative approach to metrics, it should be noted that these stresses are extremely strong. Overall, the prosody retains enough of the rhythmic signatures developed in the first two books to remain vaguely familiar, but introduces enough complications to leave no doubt that a profound change of both prosody and atmosphere has occurred.

From the moment the tree-gods’ fate is sealed (“give us the spirit to turn into murderers”), to the moment when European colonization/ devastation of the island begins (“that rose with the Aruac’s smoke till a new race/ unknown to the lizard stood measuring the trees”), to the moment Achille sees the swift (“of a cloud like a breaker. Then he saw the swift”), pivotal lines are emphasized by a regularity which, in the context of the prosody of Omeros, makes them as striking as the aforementioned “rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens and shades of death” in the context of Miltonic pentameter.

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