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3.0 out of 5 stars Dreary Epic, 23 Feb. 2009
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I called the poem epic, because that is of course what Walcott is aiming at. I called it 'dreary' because that is how I found it. How on earth can one draw a comparison between this, and Virgil's 'Aeneid'; Homer's 'Odyssey'; and Milton's 'Paradise Lost'?

Actually one CAN draw a comparison, because Omeros draws on all the devices OF epic tradition: journey, 'battle', reference to the past, hubris (in a changed sense) and probably many more which I didn't pick up on. I'm sure that as a modern 'instance' of epic, Walcott ticks all the boxes with his poem, and if you're disposed to trawl through it you may appreciate his artistry.

My problem with Omeros is that I found it terrifically dull (with the small exception of the play of 'the Gods' as a metaphor for a storm). And especially so, by comparison with the epics it is supposed to follow in the line of.

My expectation is if you love the 'Odyssey' and the 'Aeneid', you probably won't think much of this, but if you worship and adore Milton, you may find 'Omeros' satisfying.
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