Exploring Nature in the Selected Poems of Derek Walcott and Kaiser Haq: An Ecocritical Approach

Eco-criticism, nature, environmental consciousness Derek Walcott, Kaiser Haq

Authors

  • A.S.M. Mahbubur Rahman
    mahbubur@tch.hstu.ac.bd
    Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
  • Md. Faisal Haque Associate Professor, Department of English, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
  • Md. Lutful Arafat Associate Professor, Department of English, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
  • Rahul Bhattacharya Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Science and Language, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • Hasi Akter Lecturer, Department of English, Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology, Saidpur, Bangladesh
May 9, 2022

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The main goal of this article is to look into the relationship between nature and man as it is portrayed in the poetry of Derek Walcott and Kaiser Haq, two renowned poets from two distinct realms, namely St. Lucia and Bangladesh, respectively. Taking into consideration the rising level of environmental awareness, both poets have attempted to produce poetry that integrates man with nature. The poetry, particularly nature poetry, of these poets is explored in order to undertake study from an individual viewpoint, but there has yet to be a major examination into a comparative technique by adopting an ecocritical approach. In this study, the researchers attempt to uncover the nature of poetry disguised inside the chosen poems of the legendary poets by examining the creative and aesthetic characteristics of their works. This study examines the interaction between man and the environment via the lens of an ecocritical approach in a comparative manner. In this research, one poem by Kaiser Haq, "Poor Man Eating," and one poem by Derek Walcott, "Map of the New World," are examined from the perspective of environmental awareness. By concentrating on these poems and using an ecocritical perspective, this study attempts to demonstrate how the poet is sensitive to nature and how people are concerned about the environment.