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    DescriptionA 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 1948"-"2013" 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.


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    Title
    The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Derek Walcott, Edited by Glyn Maxwell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 617
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 1,034 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374125615
    ISBN 10: 0374125619
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    DC21: 811.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    DC22: 811.54
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T General Subject: 640
    DC22: 811/.54
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 46
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 81
    B&T Approval Code: A25972000
    BISAC V2.8: POE012000
    LC classification: PR9272.9.W3 A6 2014
    Publisher
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    21 January 2014
    Author Information
    Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, numerous plays, and a book of essays. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. 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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    Praise for "The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013" "Derek Walcott is a natural poet. Walcott, who turned 84 this year, began writing young. His first poem appeared in a local paper when he was 14, and his first volume, "25 Poems", was self-published when he was 18. 'Everyone wants a prodigy to fail, ' Rita Dove wrote. 'It makes our mediocrity more bearable.' Walcott did not fail . . . Walcott pays indefatigable attention to the look of things, and writes with a spendthrift approach to the word-hoard . . . He [brings] the patient and accretive sensibility of a realist painter to his poems. They are great piles of intoxicating description, always alert to the demands of meter and form, often employing rhyme or slant rhyme, great layers of adjectives firming up the noun underpainting . . . The writing leaves mere lyricism far behind and rises to the level of prophetic speech, as in the extraordinary poem 'The Season of Phantasmal Peace.' One inescapable conclusion from reading hundreds of pages of Walcott at once is the feeling that this is the lifework of an ecstatic . . . Walcott has few equals in the use of metaphor. In his imagination, each thing seems to be linked to another by a special bond, unapparent until he points it out, permanently fresh once he does. Most of these metaphors he uses just once, brilliantly, discarding them in the onrush of description . . . The reader imagines Walcott, as he sets these striking images down, mentally shuttling between the fact of the world and the fact of the poem. Often, he is evoking the sea's activity, or the sky's, and making analogies with his own practice of describing it. And so it is that on the last poem on the last page of this largehearted and essential book, the two realities finally merge. The natural poet dissolves, astonished, into nature, 'as a cloud slowly covers the page and it goes / white again and the book comes to a close.'" --Teju Cole, "The New York Times Book Review"""The Poetry of Derek Walcott"