By Line Henriksen
This comparative examine investigates the epic lineage that may be traced again from Derek Walcott's Omeros and Ezra Pound's Cantos via Dante's Divina Commedia to the epic poems of Virgil and Homer, and identifies and discusses intimately a couple of recurrent key topoi. A clean definition of the concept that of style is labored out and awarded, in response to readings of Homer. The research reads Pound's and Walcott's poetics within the mild of Roman Jakobson's notions of metonymy and metaphor, putting their lengthy poems on the respective contrary ends of those language poles. The inspiration of 'epic ambition' refers back to the poetic status connected to the epic style, while the (non-Bloomian) 'anxiety' happens whilst the poet faces not just the chance that his venture may perhaps fail, yet in particular the ethical implications of that ambition and the terror that it will possibly end up presumptuous. The drafts of Walcott's Omeros are the following tested for the 1st time, and a focus is usually dedicated to Pound's inventive techniques as illustrated by means of the drafts of the Cantos. even supposing there has already been an intermittent severe specialise in the 'classical' (and 'Dantean') antecedents of Walcott's poetry, the current research is the 1st to assemble the total variety of epic intertextualities underlying Omeros, and the 1st to learn this Caribbean masterpiece within the context of Pound's success.