Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott was a Saint Lucian poet. He also worked as a playwright and won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. His most important work is the epic poem, ‘Omeros,’ published in 1990. He was granted a MacArthur “genius” grant and the Queen’s Medal for Poetry. 

Oddjob, a Bull Terrier

by Derek Walcott

‘Oddjob, a Bull Terrier’ by Derek Walcott is a thoughtful, emotional poem about loss and how unbearable the death of a pet can be. 

A wonderful, emotional poem and one of Walcott's best.

You prepare for one sorrow,
but another comes.
It is not like the weather,
you cannot brace yourself,
the unreadiness is all.

The Wind in the Dooryard

by Derek Walcott

‘The Wind in the Dooryard’ by Derek Walcott was written after the death of Eric Roach, a well-respected poet who died by suicide in 1974. This poem is dedicated to his life and work. 

'The Wind in the Dooryard' is a wonderful Walcott poem and one of his best. It is a great representation of the themes and images that Walcott often included in his work and is rich with skillful allusions to Walcott's contemporary, Eric Roach.

I didn't want this poem to come from the torn mouth, I didn't want this poem to come

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Parades, Parades

by Derek Walcott

‘Parades, Parades’ by Derek Walcott is an interesting, allusion-filled poem that discusses Saint Lucia after the end of British colonial rule. 

A wonderful Walcott poem that's representative of his verse as a whole.

The Virgins

by Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott’s poem ‘The Virgins’ gives a holistic view of the life, economy, and culture of one of the Virgin Islands of the US, Saint Croix.

A critical and cynical poem on the present state of the Virgin Islands of the United States deals with the free-market economy and its effects in Frederiksted, a Caribbean island town.

A Far Cry from Africa

by Derek Walcott

‘A Far Cry from Africa’ is a poem based around the struggles in Africa. One would presume it is at least partially autobiographical.

Adam’s Song

by Derek Walcott

‘Adam’s Song’ by Derek Walcott describes Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden and Adam’s sorrowful song of regret. 

Dark August

by Derek Walcott

‘Dark August’ by Derek Walcott describes the dark life a speaker is forced to live when someone he depends on abandons him. 

Ebb

by Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott’s poem ‘Ebb’ is about a car journey by the shore and comments on aging, industrialization, and the past.

Homecoming: Anse La Raye

by Derek Walcott

‘Homecoming: Anse La Raye’ by Derek Walcott is a complex and interesting poem about when a homecoming doesn’t feel like coming home. It is rich with allusions and connections to Walcott’s real-life experience.

Love After Love

by Derek Walcott

‘Love After Love’ by Derek Walcott is a poem, that is presented in the form of a person offering advice to someone who is distressed.

Sea Grapes

by Derek Walcott

‘Sea Grapes’ by Derek Walcott is a deep and interesting poem. In it, Walcott uses numerous allusions to convey a message about choosing between lust and responsibility. 

XIV

by Derek Walcott

‘XIV’ appears in Derek Walcott’s collection of poems “Midsummer”. This poem features the glorious days of Walcott’s childhood, especially how they gathered around his mother to hear stories at the stroke of eve.

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