This paper explores how Derek Walcott, the 1992 Nobel laureate, imaginatively reframes his Caribbean identity. Redressing the identity crisis Walcott’s poetic expression reflects his struggle to re-explore his roots. The research, through an analysis of Walcott’s representative poems, highlights how interrelating of ‘soul’ and ‘soil’ shapes his rootedness. Breaking the borders of race and culture, Walcott constructs identity on the basis of the archetype of Adam thus entitling his vison of identity as Adamic. Through the route of ‘creative’ sensibility he not only confronts but also cures his ‘schizophrenia’ fusing inventiveness of thought with cultural and historical constructs. More specifically the triangular relationship of history, family and earth; three markers of identity construction creatively broadens the view of how Walcott evinces identity.
Shahzeb Khan, Dr.Amr Ra . (2017) Creative Salvage of Self: Derek Walcott’s Symbiosis of the Self and the Other, Bazyaft, Vol 30- 31, Issue 1.