The poem ‘A Far Cry from Africa’ does an exceptional job delivering to its readers critical parts of Africa’s history. In Wilcott’s concise poem, he engages the reader in his thoughts while at the same time he addresses questions of identity pertaining to himself. This poem emphasizes the importance of historical events in defining an individual’s identity and how it’s never a smooth scenario. Not only has he explained the suffering of his country, he has also explained his own suffering as a response to these events. A Far Cry From Africa lets you see that events in history define who we are as people, whether it’s exceptionally positive and teeming with life (such as Africa once was) or whether there’s pain, devastation or bloodshed (after British takeover), these events define us in the end, and the question of identity is an experience unique to the human individual - ie. not animals (which he makes reference to several times in the text).