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Derek Walcott
photo taken from New York State Writers Institute--The Derek Walcott Page

Biographical Sketch
Major Themes
Selected Poems for Discussion

"Ruins of a Great House"
"Crusoe's Journal"
"Exiles"
    
                      
List of Works

Biographical Sketch

  • 1930 1/23born in Castries, St. Lucia
  • 1950 founded the St. Lucia Arts Guild
  • 1953 BA from UWI--Mona
  • 1959-71 founded the Little Carib Theatre (later the Trinidad Theatre Workshop)
  • 1981 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award
  • 1992 Nobel Laureate
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Major Themes

  • binary oppositions: white and back, colonizer and colonizer, British and West Indian synthesis--working toward a resolution of his hybrid identity @
  • Odyssey: voyaging, travel through cultures and space; Omeros (Homerus/Homer, Joyce, Dante--terza rima in The Divine Comedy)--Walcott's intention is to bring forth "the Homeric quality of Caribbean life"
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List of Works
  • POETRY:
  • Twenty-Five Poems, 1948
  • Epitaph for the Young: A Poem in XII Cantos, 1949
  • Poems, 1953
  • In a Green Night: Poems, 1948-1960
  • Selected Poems, 1964
  • The Castaway and Other Poems, 1965
  • The Gulf and Other Poems, 1969
  • Another Life, 1973
  • Sea Grapes, 1976
  • Selected Verse, 1976
  • The Star-Apple Kingdom, 1979
  • The Fortunate Traveler, 1981
  • Selected Poetry, 1981
  • The Caribbean Poetry of Derek Walcott, and the Art of Romare Beardon, 1983
  • Midsummer, 1984
  • Collected Poems, 1948-1984
  • The Arkansas Testament, 1987
  • Omeros, 1989
  • The Bounty, 1997
  • Contributor of poems to many periodicals, including New Statesman, London Magazine, Encounter, and Bim.
  • PLAYS:
  • Henri Christophe: A Chronicle in Seven Scenes, 1950
  • Harry Dernier: A Play for Radio Production, 1951
  • Wine of the Country, 1953
  • The Sea at Dauphin: A Play in One Act, 1954
  • Ione: A Play with Music, 1957
  • Drums and Colours: An Epic Drama, 1958
  • Ti-Jean and His Brothers, 1958
  • Malcochon: or, Six in the Rain, 1966
  • Dream on Monkey Mountain, 1967
  • Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays, 1970
  • In a Fine Castle, 1970
  • The Joker of Seville, 1974
  • The Charlatan, 1974
  • O Babylon!, 1976
  • Remembrance, 1977
  • Pantomime, 1978
  • The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!: Two Plays, 1980
  • Remembrance and Pantomime: Two Plays, 1980
  • The Isle Is Full of Noises, 1982
  • Three Plays (The Last Carnival, Beef, No Chicken, and A Branch of the Blue Nile), 1986
  • Steel, 1991
  • Odyssey: A Stage Version, 1993
  • The Capeman: A Musical, 1998 (with Paul Simon)
  • OTHER WORKS:
  • Franklin
  • A Tale of the Islands
  • Jourmand
  • To Die for Grenada
  • The Poet in the Theatre, 1990
  • Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, 1993
  • What the Twilight Says: Essays, 1998
  • CONTRIBUTIONS:
  • Caribbean Voices, 1966
  • From the Green Antilles, 1966
  • Commonwealth Poems of Today, 1967
  • Caribbean Verse, 1968
  • The Sun's Eye: West Indian Writing for Young Readers, 1968
  • Is Massa Day Dead?, 1974
  • Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, 1945-1980, 1980
  • Plays for Today, 1985
    ***list taken from Derek Walcott: An Overview
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