Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lines 261-275 of Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Found within the almost incoherent ramblings of the surrealistic poem, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, within lines 261-275, one can see the poet’s anxieties in returning to his home country. He describes the land as both “deserted” as well as dotted with hideous sores. (264-265). This imagery is not at all flattering of the countryside and makes me wonder at all why he is at all keen to return to

Later the author does show some optimism abut returning to the island as he intends to become a voice for the injustices, “my mouth shall be the mouth for the calamities that have no mouth.” (269) This is a common role among political activism as a figurehead for injustices that have not yet begun to righted. He hopes to resist the popular standard and lead resistance for those who despair in their situation and have no hope. He does fear becoming a “dancing bear” (275), a dangerous animal that no one takes seriously.

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