The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

Book by Derek Walcott

  • Published: Oct 10, 2020

A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott's celebrated, inimitable, essential career "He gives us more than himself or a world'; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language." Alongside Joseph Brodsky's words of... read more

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Exact title of the book
The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013
Book author
Derek Walcott
ISBN
9780374537579
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Sep 05, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
640
File size (in PDF)
5760 kB

Some brief overview of book

A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott's celebrated, inimitable, essential career "He gives us more than himself or a world'; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language." Alongside Joseph Brodsky's words of praise one might mention the more concrete honors that the renowned poet Derek Walcott has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Poetry of Derek Walcott 19482013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like "In My Eighteenth Year," published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse, like "A Far Cry from Africa," which speaks of violence, of loyalties divided in one's very blood; his mature work, like "The Schooner Flight" from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces, like the tender "Sixty Years After," from the 2010 collection White Egrets.

Across sixty-five years, Walcott grapples with the themes that have defined his work as they have defined his life the unsolvable riddle of identity; the painful legacy of colonialism on his native Caribbean island of St. Lucia; the mysteries of faith and love and the natural world; the Western canon, celebrated and problematic; the trauma of growing old, of losing friends, family, one's own memory. This collection, selected by Walcott's friend the English poet Glyn Maxwell, will prove as enduring as the questions, the passions, that have driven Walcott to write for more than half a century.

About author

Walcott (1930-2017) was born in St. Lucia, the West Indies, in 1930. His Collected Poems 1948-1984 was published in 1986, and his subsequent works include a book-length poem, Omeros (1990); a collection of verse, The Bounty (1997); and, in an edition illustrated with his own paintings, the long poem Tiepolo's Hound (2000).

His numerous plays include The Haitian Trilogy (2001) and Walker and The Ghost Dance (2002). Walcott received the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Glyn Maxwell was born in Welwyn Garden City, England.

He is the author of several collections of poems, has staged several plays in London and New York, and was the poetry editor of The New Republic from 2001 to 2007. He lives in London.

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