Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Love After Love - Poem by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
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Comments about Love After Love by Derek Walcott

  • (10/4/2016 4:26:00 AM)

    I have always had trouble accepting myself and loving myself. My self esteem has been low since I was a child and my father left my mother and I to start another family. This poem speaks to my broken soul. I love it. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/30/2016 11:09:00 PM)

    I am returning to God after many years , this wonderful poem not only has truth woven through it , but also allows oneself to celebrate ones life AND allows one to return to God. One of the loveliest poems l have ever read. (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2016 12:27:00 AM)

    fist on your life and read poetry (Report) Reply

  • (12/20/2015 3:12:00 AM)

    .a wonderful poem (Report) Reply

  • (12/20/2015 2:53:00 AM)

    each single word is spiritual (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2015 12:12:00 AM)

    lovely poem.......... (Report) Reply

  • (11/12/2015 5:27:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. BUT they should definitely do away with the recording of the robot, non-human. It is a huge mistake - they should have actors doing the reading (Report) Reply

    Manonton Dalan (12/15/2015 12:11:00 AM)

    I agree it takes out part of the poem.

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  • Titto Mutunguti (10/13/2015 5:26:00 AM)

    Great piece of work...that person who love you..who knows u better (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (4/28/2015 10:56:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem. Great writer (Report) Reply

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (11/30/2014 2:26:00 AM)

    simply beautiful write, metaphors are so rich and intense (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    I came across a few lines of this poem, in a fictional book, by Amanda Prowse, called what have I done,
    The words immediately spoke to me, like a message, of some one who knew all the ins and outs of my life,
    A friend said to me, their is no such thing, as coincidences, I was meant to read this poem
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/18/2014 3:35:00 PM)

    ...........I fully agree, we must love ourselves before we can love others..... (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    Learning to love ourselves is the key to happiness... Reflection on ourselves, our past and life opens our hearts, with a whisper, to accepting and appreciating who we are and who we want to be. First. We need to love ourselves before we can attempt to love others. Again. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2013 6:47:00 AM)

    Wow deep like a reflection of yourself, your past, and life in general
    Overtime changed so much so that you have become a stranger to yourself
    Revisiting and embracing yourself is so important in understanding life and growth
    Recount all memories, photos, notes, and messages...Why
    Delve in, indulge, and ponder
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/12/2013 10:35:00 AM)

    I recently came across this graceful and beautiful poem, again, in a wonderful book, When You're Falling, Dive by Mark Matousek. It found me at a point in my life when I can fully truly appeciate the depth of its truth and beauty, and I am just inexplicably grateful! The words move my heart and my very soul. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2012 4:42:00 PM)

    I really cant say what everyone else has said, eventually we all have to realize that other people can never complete us, or that we become segments with other bodies, our lives are ours and ours alone, if their was ever something which proved existentialism to its basic ingredients it would be this poem, a magical read (Report) Reply

  • Emma Adamyan (11/30/2012 10:26:00 AM)

    very deep, but so simply penned, amazing! (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2012 8:58:00 PM)

    If you read The Mindful Way through Depression (by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn) where it is quoted, I think you'll understand better of what the poem means.
    Your true self is your home, there is only yourself who will always be there if you have a full relationship with yourself. Ultimately, others will always be fleeting or unreliable, as with anything outside ourselves.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2012 4:55:00 PM)

    Really: The title gives it away! It is about over-coming the grief of a broken love-affair, and finding the love which you thought was lost for ever; the love you ignored for another (the love you once received from another human being) . The author suggests throwing away the photographs of your ex-lover, together with the desperate notes you exchanged hoping to rekindle that broken love affair, and the old love letters you have collected. After that Love there is another Love to be found. You will love against the stranger who was yourself. This poem is not only about the ending of despair and grief, but the recovery of who you once were before you gave the love in your heart away. The love after love! The recovery of your own loving kindness and self-esteem. If there is no one else, you can begin to take care of yourself, at least! However this is a Christian evangelical poem, because wine and bread refer to the specific Christian Eucharist. I think that Derek Walcott is referring to LOVE as the Christ in you; the hope of glory and the rebirth which follows that death which we know as grief or the valley of the shadow of death, when we have lost the will to live, or faith that life is meaningful. A meaningful feast. Personally I think it does not matter what particular religion you may belong to, for ultimately all religious beliefs are about the love of God, reflected through various spiritual teachers. However this is a poem by a 'born again' Christian, isn't it? The Bible says that to find the stranger who was your self you have to become like a child, again; and I believe this is true (whether or not you belong to any religion) ! But, whether you are a monk or nun, or whatever, you will want to share that innocent love; even if just with a smile. Derek Walcott has shared it with a poem! (Report) Reply

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