Collected Poems, 1948-1984

Collected Poems This remarkable collection which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott s seven prior books of verse and all of his long autobiogr

  • Title: Collected Poems, 1948-1984
  • Author: Derek Walcott
  • ISBN: 9780374520250
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • This remarkable collection, which won the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott s seven prior books of verse and all of his long autobiographical poem, Another Life The 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Walcott has been producing for several decades, poetry with all the beauty, wisdom, directness, and narratThis remarkable collection, which won the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott s seven prior books of verse and all of his long autobiographical poem, Another Life The 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Walcott has been producing for several decades, poetry with all the beauty, wisdom, directness, and narrative force of our classic myths and fairy tales, and in this hefty volume readers will find a full record of his important endeavor Walcott s virutes as a poet are extraordinary, James Dickey wrote in The New York Times Book Review He could turn his attention on anything at all and make it live with a reality beyond its own through his fearless language it becomes not only its acquired life, but the real one, the one that lasts Walcott is spontaneous, headlong, and inventive beyond the limits of most other poets now writing.

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    1. Often I return to a poet or a collection and the importance of it has shifted somehow, I've left it behind. With Derek Walcott I'm always trying to catch up, the poems in this collection are lessons for life, (as unsexy as that might sound). He will always be relevant and revelatory. Favourites:Dark AugustSea CranesLove After LoveChapter 15Chapter 14 IIIAnd all the poems from Midsummer

    2. I loved Derek Walcott's poetry more than the only theater piece that I read written by him, but this is not strange considering that I love poetry much more than theater. Concerning his poetry, I loved the short poems much more than his long lyrics divided in chapters and stanzas (?). First of all they were much more complicated, second they were not immediate. In the end I had also problem being Italian and not english mother-tongue, so I would love to reread this book in my language also.Le po [...]

    3. Epic. I love how Walcott's poems are so vast and expansive. They bring in some kind of Homeric element, some reference to Greek tragedy via the Caribbean. You almost have to read them aloud in patois. A couple of examples. One short, one longer: Love After LoveThe 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. G [...]

    4. Walcott is a poet whose work will endure. Yes, this is post-colonial poetry but, more than that, it is poetry with a seriousness of purpose crafted by a man at the peak of his powers. He draws effortlessly on the classics but remains very much rooted in the land and language of the Caribbean. Heartily recommended.

    5. A superb overview of a major talent. I have to get my hands on Omeros. Also I spent much of this August reading and thinking about 'Dark August', which became a sort of talisman during a very bleak time.

    6. The VirginsFar Cry from AfricaForceNights in the Garden of Port of SpainThe Whale, his BulwarkA Country Club RomanceNew WorldMidsummer, Tobago

    7. The poetry of Derek Walcott covers an expanse of topics that will always seem relevant to every day life. Post Colonial literature looks at the relationship of the issues of power, religion, culture as well as economics and politics and how they influence each other. Postcolonial literature often focuses on identity, may it be social identity, cultural identity, or national identity; this is what Walcott adopts in his poetry. Walcott shows his heritage of growing up in Saint Lucia throughout his [...]

    8. When I heard that President Obama (before he was President) was seen carrying around a volume of Walcott's poetry I put in my request at the library right away. I've renewed it so many times now that they won't let me have it anymore. It must go back today so that others may enjoy. I need purchase a copy for my own collection because I've become so attached.In the beginning I struggled with Walcott. I was persistent and soon Walcott's world began to open for me. It is a sad and beautiful world. [...]

    9. Walcott gets on my nerves at times--the influence of early Lowell can be overpowering, clotting and thickening the rhetoric--but he's a real poet, with his own special English and "something to say" (why do people read book after axe-grinding, earnestly political book about "race" and "multicultural identity"? Find what an artist has to say about those things; don't bother with academics or pundits). I've had my copy since high school, and not a month goes by that I don't turn to something in he [...]

    10. I take forever to read Walcott's books (have read a few of the individual books sampled in this huge volume), because his writing is so painterly, so full of intense images and startling, new, fresh language (while still calling up both personal nostalgia and a sense of adventure/wonder) that I get lost in his work. Sometimes it can take me weeks to digest a single one of his poems. I don't want to miss a thing, and I savor his work, read it slowly, re-read it, try to learn from it. Absolute bea [...]

    11. So no, I havn't read it all, and suspect I will always be reading it. I love Walcott's poetry and highly recommend people invest in his collected poems in order to have it all so to say, or at least the massive amount in these pages. As Walcott says in one of his more famous poems: "Either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation." Very few lines of erse speak so personally to me as those, and to top it off you can hear Walcott's Caribbean musicality and accent mercilessly flinging these words into the world [...]

    12. I love this book because of Walcott's strict form employed to reveal his remembered Caribbean. He is patient in his poetry. He slowly unfolds landscapes and details from his native islands. For me it was like Walcott was lifting salt fish to my mouth, brushing beach-sand from my feet, or fanning the wind's sea-smell toward my nose. His image-driven approach to classical, formal content leaves one feeling enlightened in every sense.

    13. It is an encouragement for Non-New Yorker's, Non-Parisians, and the Non-San Fran crowds. It is an encouragment to those outside of literary establishments to write, according to Walcott, "For no one had yet written of this landscape."His detailed images are wonderful, especially in "Another Life", a narrative poem over 4,000 lines long.

    14. One of the best poetry books I have ever read. I'm not exaggerating: I really do think that Walcott is the best living poet in the English language by a long way. Reading Walcott has restored my faith that it is still possible to write great poetry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: there are still great poets out there and Derek Walcott is one of them.

    15. I was not familiar with Derek Walcott so it was a pleasure to find this used book at Poweell"s book store on a recent trip.This is a substantial book of 510 pages but is an enjoyable book of poems to read and read again. Karen Jean Matsko Hood

    16. Island vs. City (human isolation vs. human over-saturation)Empire and race, imperial/slave past, America's quiet imperialismBlessed and cursed with three languages: French Creole, English Creole, and EnglishYEATS ATTACK! - Prof. CushmanFavorites: Coral, Sea Grapes

    17. I actually really like Derek Walcott but maybe reading this much of his poetry was just too much for me. Kind of got tired of it.

    18. Some of the most profound poetry I've ever heard come from this man and this collection of poetry; I still think of these poems all the time!

    19. These poems were romantic, dark, full of nature, and called up visions of distant shores. Anyone who wants to expand their horizons with poetry MUST read this!

    20. There's a photo of President Obama walking out of 57th St. Books in Chicago, just a month before the election, with a new copy of this book under his arm. Sigh.

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