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Response Prompts: Poems by Derek Walcott



You may choose to write a response to one of the following prompts:

In “A Far Cry from Africa,” the speaker repeatedly raises questions throughout the poem. What do you make of these questions?

Writing and reading feature significantly in the poem, “Volcano.” What do you make of the relationship between writing and reading as expressed in the poem?

The title of “The Fortunate Traveller” presumably refers to the speaker of the poem. The poem presents scenes of the speaker’s traveling in Europe alongside images of famine in the African world. What do you make of the juxtaposition of these scenes? What are the reflections of the speaker on his own “fortunate” circumstances in relation to the conditions of famine in the world beyond his own?