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Omeros and St Lucia Derek Walcotts Omeros is an epic story which fits well into the classical tradition Its numerous echoes of Homeric writing combined with the use of characters names from Homers stories are clear evidence to the fact that there is a major parallel to Homers Iliad and Odyssey There is no debate in this obvious fact Omeros and Derek Walcotts writing however are much more than a mere reproduction of classical Greek and Roman themes Arguing this fact is an insult to Walcott and his masterful work There are specific references in Walcotts writing which make this work more than a reproduction of someone elses stories and ideas Omeros although it is inundated with references to the works of Homer is primarily the story of the island of St Lucia This island is the home of Derek Walcott and so there is a natural connection between the author and this isle Numerous episodes in the pages reflect different parts of the history of this island Omeros is still most definitely a work of the classical tradition but it is Walcotts reflection on the island of St Lucia which occupies the majority of the pages of this epic poem It just happens that he uses the classical method to tell the story of this island and its history Before going into the places where the story reflects the history of St Lucia it would be beneficial to go over a brief history of the island It was first settled in around 200 CE by Arawak or Aruak Indians However by 800 they had intermingled their culture with that of the Caribs Europes relation and discovery of this island is a bit hazy One belief is that Columbus discovered the island in 1502 although the more widely accepted belief is that it was discovered by Juan de la Cosa around the turn of the Sixteenth Century There were however no
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