A Far Cry From Africa Poem Analysis
Not that Walcott was brainwashed by Colonial Office propaganda. He recognised the scale of what was afoot; he even cried genocide in a small voice. He just couldn't take sides. (Geoffe 59). Walcott portrays the speaker as divided on the Mau Mau Uprising perhaps because he had a foot in both camps. He was an insider to the Mau Mau's blood-wise, but an outsider geographically speaking and his ideologies represent both sides. The speaker expresses his conflict by showing his uncertainty of where to turn: "Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?" (Walcott 27). The poem comes to an end without a resolution, much like the Mau Mau Uprising: "The Mau Mau Uprising, which began in 1952, was put down in 1960 without a treaty, yet the British did leave Kenya in 1963" (Mwangi 98). The speaker reflects the Mau Mau Uprising for as it was never cleanly resolved, the speaker never resolves his conflict about which side to take within the poem.
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