Ecopoetic elements in the work of sarah kirsch, ahmed rashid thani, and derek walcott

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Comparative analyses of poetry by the German Sarah Kirsch, the Emirati Ahmed Rashid Thani, and the St Lucian Derek Walcott identify three distinct ecopoetic elements their work has in common. The three poets, born before the origin of ecocriticism, favour metaphors that represent natural landscapes. These metaphors express a certain “nature-centrism, " and explicit references to environmental threats provoke approaches informed by ecocriticism to the oeuvres of all three poets alike. While the analyses highlight stylistic and culture-related differences, they manifest the urgency of an awareness for the global in the context of sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Rhetoric of Topics and Forms
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783110642032
ISBN (Print)9783110641486
Publication statusPublished - Jan 18 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Ahmed rashid thani
  • Derek walcott
  • Ecocriticism
  • Ecopoetry
  • Sarah kirsch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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