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The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

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A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott’s celebrated, inimitable, essential career

“He gives us more than himself or ‘a world’; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language.” To Joseph Brodsky’s words of praise, one might add the more concrete honors that the renowned poet Derek Walcott has received: a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant; the Queen’s Gol
Hardcover, 617 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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3 stars. My biggest complaint is that this volume is overwhelming -- too large to be appreciated in a 2-week library loan. If I owned this and could read the poems more slowly I would probably be giving it a higher rating. As it is, I just read about 300 pages before it had to be returned. Luckily my strategy of reading from about 6 different locations gave me a chance to experience at least a taste of each of the major selections included.

I found that my favorite section was from "White Egrets"
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The early work is too caught up in a colonial's effort to demonstrate mastery of the English canon. And the late poems are less radical than his best work, heavy on reminiscence and travel. (But if you had been born on a small island, got windfalls late in life from the MacArthur Foundation and the Nobel Prize Committee, and were fortunate enough to live into a ninth decade, wouldn't you spend your time globe-trotting and reminiscing? Of course you would, we all would.) But in between, and on th ...more
Zubyre Parvez
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favourite poet.
Hans Wigman
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Reading' a book of poetry is a challenging concept - it's simply not appropiate. You don't go through poems like you're reading a novel. So the 'currently reading' status may be permanent.

That said, Derek Walcott has been my favourite poet for some years. His writing is often quite dense and it certainly requires effort, but it's immensely evocative and rich, even satisfying to me if I don't really grasp all he's saying. Quite deservedly, Walcott won the Nobel prize in 1992 .
Trina Marie
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Definitely didn't get all the way through this giant book, but Derek's poems are incredible. Reminds me of ee cummings, but easier to understand.

(My FAVORITE poem in this collection is Love After Love)
Mar 08, 2014 added it
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After being introduced to Derek Walcott in Prof class, I've been a fan and was excited to find this volume.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know nothing about poetry but I really enjoyed this.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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As much as I hate Walcott (and I really do), it's hard to deny that his poetry is pretty damn good. Just try your hardest to look past the blatant misogyny and you might even enjoy it
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Derek Walcott was 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
“The second Adam since the fall His germinal Corruption held the seed Of that congenital heresy that men fail According to their creed. Craftsman and castaway All heaven in his head, He watched his shadow pray Not for God’s love but human love instead.” 0 likes
“I am the man my father loved and was.” 0 likes
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