Derek Walcott





Derek Walcott

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born
in Castries, Saint Lucia
January 23, 1930

gender
male

genre

influences
Daniel Defoe


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Derek Walcott is a Caribbean poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

His work, which developed independently of the schools of magic realism emerging in both South America and Europe at around the time of his birth, is intensely related to the symbolism of myth and its relationship to culture. He is best known for his epic poem Omeros, a reworking of Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean and beyond to the American West and London.

Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959, which has produced his plays (and oth
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Average rating: 4.01 · 3,377 ratings · 279 reviews · 68 distinct works · Similar authors
Omeros
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,210 ratings — published 1990 — 11 editions
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Collected Poems, 1948-1984
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 509 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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White Egrets
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 233 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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Dream on Monkey Mountain an...
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 193 ratings — published 1970 — 5 editions
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Selected Poems
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 1964 — 9 editions
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The Prodigal: A Poem
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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The Bounty: Poems
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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The Odyssey
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 1993 — 5 editions
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Tiepolo's Hound
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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Midsummer
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions
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“The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome.”
Derek Walcott, Sea Grapes

“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”
Derek Walcott

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.”
Derek Walcott, Collected Poems, 1948-1984

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