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By Patricia Ismond

This booklet offers with the Caribbean part of Walcott’s poetry. The paintings is worried with Caribbean identification and self-definition. leaving behind useless Metaphors uncovers the innovative attempt in a selected detailed path, that has to date remained principally unobserved.

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Chapters IV and VI are the classic examples. 23 32 A bandoning Dead Metaphors The original impetus behind the experiment with Creole and native forms is the localizing effort itself. He is intent on reproducing the actual voice and tone of the native setting, especially in direct dramatizations of scenes. Chapter VI, where he tries to capture his own emergent generation in the act of "feting". West Indian style, is written exclusively in dialect and Creole forms. To compare an earlier version with the final version appearing in Green Night is to appreciate how carefully and patiently, over some ten years, he worked towards capturing the native tongue.

I / Wanted to tell . "). The candle/flame image also provides the fire/smoke reference, from which the poem evokes its symbolic intimations of the consuming fire that refines. "), and to conclude with the affirmation of faith in a higher spiritual renewal. Walcott has closely adapted Thomas's techniques of extracting and combining the multiple associations and figurations of the word as image. But in his hands, the technique serves a mode of perception quite different from Thomas's. Metaphoric identification and transference in Thomas come out of his visionary faith in the continuum of the life force through all forms.

The grammatical lapse is effective as an ironic comment on the pseudointellectual tone of the occasion. These changes are all geared towards reproducing as fully as possible the tone, accent and spirit of the West Indian setting, modelled especially on that of fete-loving Trinidad. The use of the West Indian linguistic continuum represents a major area of innovation in the "Tales". It is clear, though, when we look at the ones not written in Creole, that he seeks an inclusive linguistic flexibility.

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