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Derek Walcott

Birthdate: 23. January 1930
Date of death: 17. March 2017

Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL, OBE, OCC was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the University of Alberta's first distinguished scholar in residence, where he taught undergraduate and graduate writing courses. He also served as Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros , which many critics view "as Walcott's major achievement." In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Walcott received many literary awards over the course of his career, including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen's Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets and the Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award in 2015. Wikipedia

Works

Sea Grapes
Sea Grapes
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Omeros
Omeros
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„The future happens. No matter how much we scream.“

—  Derek Walcott

Source: The Odyssey

„What are men? Children who doubt.“

—  Derek Walcott

Source: The Odyssey

„Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.“

—  Derek Walcott

Interview with Ed Hirsch (1986), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Eighth Series (Penguin, 1988)

„I try to forget what happiness was,
and when that don't work, I study the stars.“

—  Derek Walcott

"After the Storm"
"A Far Cry from Africa" (1962), "The Schooner Flight" (1980)

„The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.“

—  Derek Walcott

Interview with Ed Hirsch (1986), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Eighth Series (Penguin, 1988)

„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.“

—  Derek Walcott

Interview with Ed Hirsch (1986), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Eighth Series (Penguin, 1988)

„Peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.“

—  Derek Walcott

"Love after Love"
"A Far Cry from Africa" (1962), Collected Poems, 1948-1984 (1986)

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