Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

A City's Death By Fire


After that hot gospeller has levelled all but the churched sky,
I wrote the tale by tallow of a city's death by fire;
Under a candle's eye, that smoked in tears, I
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  • Gold Star - 37,072 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/25/2015 1:35:00 AM)

    Nice poem- presentation via dream (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,849 Points Kevin Patrick (2/25/2014 10:26:00 PM)

    A surrealist dream depicted with Judeo Christian imagery, provides a breathtaking vista, of soulful yearning. A lovely read (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,479 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (2/25/2014 1:07:00 PM)

    A poem of deep sadness and loss that is impregnated with incredible imagery. Well done Walcott. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 909 Points George Samuel (2/25/2014 12:04:00 PM)

    Great work great ideas to view images and uncover their beautiful pictures great thinking. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 369 Points Stephen W (2/25/2014 10:29:00 AM)

    Does anyone know what this poem is about? I haven't a clue. (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 1,369 Points L. E. O. Gibraltar (1/14/2015 2:01:00 PM)

    I'm not sure what it means. But I do think the piece is about a Gospeller (an evangelist) shaking things up in a place where unorthodoxy has become the truth.

  • Freshman - 1,068 Points Paul Reed (2/25/2014 5:33:00 AM)

    I wrote the tale by tallow.. great rhythm and alliteration. It contrasts the ashes of the city where man overly concentrates his efforts and mentality, and sometimes forgets the gift of the green open spaces which were given for free. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (4/19/2009 12:10:00 PM)

    Now I know why Walcott is called as the greatest living English poet. His poetry has a diffirent flavour, with rich imagery, surrealism and sweet words. (Report) Reply

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