Voice of the marginalized through nature- A study with reference to Derek Walcott’s “Ruins of a Great House”
Nature, marginalization, colonization, war, human.
War and nature are inevitably interlinked with one another. Sir Derek Alton Walcott is a famous post-colonial poet and playwright whose writings are more about war and colonization. “Ruins of a Great House” is one of his famous poems. It is written in 1956 and it depicts the after-effects of war. As an African writer, he has to struggle with versifying in English, a language that made most of his people suffer. This poem has a deep connection with nature. This stands as a canyon between the pre and post-colonial atmosphere of the Nation. Nature’s tragic degradation after the human intervention is depicted with pain in this poem. The voice of the marginalized is conveyed through nature and its constituents. The agony of the people is expressed in accordance with nature. Derek Walcott uses lime as a metonym for colonizers and colonization. The lime that is a part of nature is used to express the voice of the marginalized to the whole wide world which is unaware of the darker side of colonization and the after-effects of colonization. Though this poem stands as a voice of the marginalized, it also explains the degradation of nature after the intervention of man as an authoritarian power. Nature is the ultimate power that is suppressed by the selfishness of the human race. However bad the human community maybe, nature interlinks itself with the human race to speak out for their sufferings and pains.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 9

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