By Derek Walcott
A poem in 5 books, of round narrative layout, titled with the Greek identify for Homer, which concurrently charts currents of historical past: the obvious historical past charted in occasions -- the tribal losses of the yank Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the internal, unwritten epic shaped from the affliction of the person in exile.
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