Derek Walcott | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles Lock

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Derek Walcott.
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Critical Essay by Charles Lock

SOURCE: Lock, Charles. “Derek Walcott's Omeros: Echoes from a White-throated Vase.” Massachusetts Review 41, no. 1 (spring 2000): 9-31.

In the following essay, Lock presents an analysis of the depiction of women in the language and structure of Walcott's Omeros.

In reading Omeros we are struck, as we are in the Iliad, by the silence of Helen. What is this silence, and how in a poem is silence to be figured? To depict the woman, without representing her voice, is for the poet to exercise his (specifically his) descriptive powers, and to render the woman an object, whose silence is matched by its/her passivity. What remains is of course beautiful, but it is a beauty achieved at the expense of the person. The familiar narrative is announced in terms of her (or its) shadow, appearance rather than...

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