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: 4.00 · 3,646 ratings · 313 reviews · 65 distinct works · Similar authors
Omeros
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,288 ratings — published 1990 — 12 editions
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Collected Poems, 1948-1984
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 538 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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White Egrets
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 259 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
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Dream on Monkey Mountain an...
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 1970 — 5 editions
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Selected Poems
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 1964 — 9 editions
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The Prodigal: A Poem
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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The Bounty: Poems
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 103 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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The Odyssey
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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Tiepolo's Hound
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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Midsummer
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions
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“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

“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

“I read; I travel; I become”
Derek Walcott

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