Codicil Poem Analysis

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Derek Walcott’s Codicil has some of the anger of his earlier work, but for the most part his tone in this poem is one of exhaustion. It is autobiographical rather than historical; in it, he reflects on his own writing and his frustration with the need to write in two different styles. For this reason, it is likely that writers, particularly those who write for a living, and non-writers would react differently to this poem. Walcott was working as a journalist when this poem was published in 1965. The language used in Walcott’s poetry is clearly different from the journalistic conventions he was confined to at work (“Schizophrenic, wrenched by two styles”). This sentiment is likely to resonate with writers who work in both creative and professional
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