Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Derek Walcott Poems

1. The Fist 6/2/2015
2. The Season of Phantasmal Peace 12/31/2015
3. Ruins Of A Great House 3/30/2015
4. A Lesson for This Sunday 2/15/2016
5. The Bounty 2/9/2015
6. From 'Omeros' 2/9/2015
7. In the Village 6/16/2015
8. The Star-Apple Kingdom 4/12/2010
9. Pentecost 4/12/2010
10. Coral 4/12/2010
11. R.T.S.L. (1917-1977) 1/13/2003
12. In The Virgins 1/13/2003
13. Parang 1/13/2003
14. Codicil 1/13/2003
15. Koening Of The River 1/13/2003
16. The Saddhu Of Couva 1/13/2003
17. Sabbaths, W.I. 1/13/2003
18. The Glory Trumpeter 11/7/2005
19. Dark August 4/12/2010
20. Night In The Gardens Of Port Of Spain 11/7/2005
21. Egypt, Tobago 1/13/2003
22. Blues 1/13/2003
23. Forest Of Europe 1/13/2003
24. A Far Cry From Africa 1/13/2003
25. After The Storm 1/13/2003
26. The Sea Is History 1/13/2003
27. A City's Death By Fire 1/13/2003
28. Midsummer, Tobago 1/13/2003
29. Love After Love 1/13/2003

Comments about Derek Walcott

  • Trisha Gustave (12/19/2012 1:56:00 PM)

    A Far Cry From Africa is one of the best Caribbean poems I have ever read. It expresses in words, my thoughts about our Caribbean ancestral background. Dereck Walcott inspires me with his amazing writing style and I believe that his work is a marvelous accomplishment.

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  • Jill Paterson (1/16/2007 8:28:00 PM)

    I must say that Derek Walcott unlocks a different door in Caribbean poetry. Not only does he expose our history and heritage but he does so with an ornate yet down-to-earth artisitc style. I have studied Olive Senior and Martin Carter not to mention his greatest 'oponent' Edward Brathwaite and somehow Walcott's poems tend to offer a more captivating appeal.

  • Simone Solon (3/16/2005 7:57:00 AM)

    I've only just discovered Derek Walcott and it is such a pleasure to come across a poet of this calibre that I haven't read before. I don't understand half of it - but that's half the wonder of it!

  • Tatianna Kringle (1/12/2005 4:55:00 PM)

    i think its great that you guys have all of these poets on here because i had an english clkass project on poets and i wanted to do a west indian poet because i am from the west indies..

Best Poem of Derek Walcott

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Read the full of Love After Love


Man, I suck me tooth when I hear
How dem croptime fiddlers lie,
And de wailing, kiss-me-arse flutes
That bring water to me eye!
Oh, when I t'ink how from young
I wasted time at de fetes,
I could bawl in a red-eyed rage
For desire turned to regret,
Not knowing the truth that I sang

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