Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott
Castries / St Lucia
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Biography
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 an ...
Popular Poems
1.
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
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2.
Midsummer, Tobago
Broad sun-stoned beaches.

White heat.
A green river.
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3.
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
Wanted to tell, in more than wax, of faiths that were snapped like wire.
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4.
The Sea Is History
Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,
in that gray vault. The sea. The sea
has locked them up. The sea is History.
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5.
A Far Cry From Africa
A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt
Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies,
Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt.
Corpses are scattered through a paradise.
...
Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
11 November 2014
I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.
11 November 2014
Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.

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