Derek Walcott OBE OCC is a Saint Lucian poet, playwright, writer and visual artist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2011 for White Egrets. His works include the Homeric epic Omeros. Robert Graves wrote that Walcott "handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most, if not any, of his contemporaries”.
Walcott was born and raised in Castries, Saint Lucia, in the West Indies with a twin brother, the future playwright Roderick Walcott, and a sister. His mother, a teacher, had a love of the arts who would often recite poetry. His father, who painted and wrote poetry, ... more »
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- Love After Love
- A City's Death By Fire
- The Sea Is History
- A Far Cry From Africa
- After The Storm
- Midsummer, Tobago
- Night in the Gardens of Port of Spain
- The Glory Trumpeter
- Forest Of Europe
- Egypt, Tobago
- Koening Of The River
- The Saddhu Of Couva
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''Statistics justify and scholars seizeDerek Walcott (b. 1930), Carribbean poet. A Far Cry from Africa (l. 7-10). . . Collected Poems, 1948-1984 [Derek Walcott]. (1986) Farrar, Straus a...
The salients of colonial policy.
What is that to the white child hacked in bed?
To savages, expendable as Jews?''
''A wind is ruffling the tawny peltDerek Walcott (b. 1930), Carribbean poet. A Far Cry from Africa (l. 1-3). . . Collected Poems, 1948-1984 [Derek Walcott]. (1986) Farrar, Straus an...
Of Africa. Kikuyu, quick as flies,
Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt.''
I who have cursedDerek Walcott (b. 1930), Carribbean poet. A Far Cry from Africa (l. 28-33). . . Collected Poems, 1948-1984 [Derek Walcott]. (1986) Farrar, Straus ...
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love?
Betray them both, or give back what they give?
How can ...
''Again brutish necessity wipes its handsDerek Walcott (b. 1930), Carribbean poet. A Far Cry from Africa (l. 22-23). . . Collected Poems, 1948-1984 [Derek Walcott]. (1986) Farrar, Straus ...
Upon the napkin of a dirty cause,''
''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 (b. 1930), West Indian poet, playwright. "Dissolving the Sigh of History," Guardian (London, Dec. 16, 1992).
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