By Derek Walcott

A poem in 5 books, of round narrative layout, titled with the Greek identify for Homer, which at the same time charts currents of background: the obvious historical past charted in occasions -- the tribal losses of the yank Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the internal, unwritten epic formed from the anguish of the person in exile.

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