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The Bounty: Poems

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The Bounty was the first book of poems Walcott published after winning the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. Opening with the title poem, a memorable elegy to the poet's mother, the book features a haunting series of poems that evoke Walcott's native ground, the island of St. Lucia. "For almost forty years his throbbing and relentless lines kept arriving in the English langu ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 18th 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1997)
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Krishna Avendaño
Jun 14, 2015 Krishna Avendaño rated it it was ok
Derek Walcott publicó "La abundancia" poco después de ganar el Nobel en 1992. Comienza con una elegía para su madre pero también funciona como una oda a su tierra natal, Santa Lucía. William Logan describió a la perfección este libro. Lo cito:

"Walcott puede llenar un poema con alusiones como si estuviera rellenando un pavo de Navidad (...): está tan ocupado con la seducción que a veces olvida que el poema tiene un lugar adónde ir".

"A pesar de su fluido y engañoso lenguaje, a pesar de una carrera
Mar 08, 2009 Kent rated it it was amazing
I understand Walcott is kind of the poster boy for post-colonial studies. And for good reason. There is no end to the complicated juxtaposition that he presents in his books. The Bounty continues that continuing shift over the Atlantic Ocean, varying between Santa Cruz and London, or Italy. But I would actually be more interested in setting this book in the context of some kind of eco-poetics. Considering Walcott's dense imagery, and his overall proposition that out of death there comes life. Ye ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
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There is a story of resistance behind this book. It appeared on the chaotic book tables at our local giant what-not warehouse and I bypassed it three times before finally picking it up. I knew of Walcott and heard him read once and just never felt connected to his work regardless of his Nobel laureate reputation. And this book was all long lines. Why that would bother me I don't know because Whitman's long lines never bothered me. But I just felt tired even looking at it and so never took it hom ...more
Jun 18, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this 1997 collection of Nobel Prize winning Derek Walcott’s poetry, one can sense even more strongly than before his awareness of aging, of approaching death, of the strains and discontinuities of his balancing of his life in the US and Europe with his life in the Caribbean. As always with this marvelous poet, his lines are long, rolling, and fluid, much like the southern sea that is never far from his awareness. His language is precise yet never simple, allusive and yet evocative of the pres ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Denae rated it really liked it
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"All of these waves crepitate from the culture of Ovid,
its sibilants and consonants; a universal metre
piles up these signatures like inscriptions of seaweed"

Just a little taste...beautiful book.
Mar 10, 2011 RUSA CODES rated it it was amazing
This was one of the 1998 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to
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"you were always happier / with the cold and uncertain edges, not blinding sunlight / on water, in this ferry sidling up to the pier"
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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
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