M.H. Abrams defines an allusion as “a passing reference, without explicit identification, to a literary or historical person, place, or event, or to another literary work or passage” (Glossary of Literary Terms).

Derek Walcott’s “Ruins of a Great House” makes several allusions in his poem, and also explicitly alludes to other poets and historical figures. What role do these allusions play in constructing the poem’s overall tone and meaning?

Discuss at least one allusion in detail. You will receive 1 point of extra credit for each additional implicit (or explicit) allusion that you discuss. In order to receive full credit, you must identify the allusion and discuss its significance to the poem’s overall meaning.