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Derek Walcott

A Far Cry From Africa

Fiction | Poem | Adult | Published in 1962

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Tackling a totally different aspect of conflicted identity, Walcott’s “Love after Love” addresses a kind of self-worth that can only be attained by quiet reflection and a full belly. One of Walcott’s most uplifting and endearing poems, “Love after Love” is a stark contrast to the unanswerable questions pertaining to identity that can be found in “A Far Cry from Africa.” The poem addresses learning to love oneself after the ending of a relationship and finding the kind of self-confidence that can only come from within.

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