What Is The Theme Of The Poem XIV?
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The themes of memory and childhood are explored in Derek Walcott’s poem “XIV.” It is an attempt to bring the poet’s memories of his childhood home and his awareness of how it affected him as an adult into harmony. The poet remembers the vast, dark forest that surrounds his mother’s home, yet his mother is seen holding a light at the end of the route. The poem focuses on how our adult lives, worldviews, and experiences are shaped by the experiences and recollections of our youth. Everything that Walcott has ever read and written has been influenced by the words, tales, and life of his mother.