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Derek Walcott--Biographical Sketch 1930 1/23born in St. Lucia Photo Credit: Nancy Crampton 1950 founded the St. Lucia Arts Guild 1953 BA from UWI--Mona.

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1 Derek Walcott--Biographical Sketch /23born in St. Lucia Photo Credit: Nancy Crampton 1950 founded the St. Lucia Arts Guild 1953 BA from UWI--Mona founded the Little Carib Theatre 1992 Nobel Laureate

2 UWI, Mona Campus--Mural Photo credit: Pin-chia Feng

3 Derek Walcott’s Major Works Poetry (17 collected works since 1948): 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 Collected Poems,

4 Derek Walcott--Major Works 2 The Arkansas Testament, 1987 Omeros, 1989 The Bounty, 1997 Plays (23 plays since 1950) Dream on Monkey Mountain, 1967 Odyssey: A Stage Version, 1993 The Capeman: A Musical, 1998 (with Paul Simon)

5 Derek Walcott--Major Works 3 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

6 SUNY-Albany Art Museum exhibit, 1998 Island Light: Recent Watercolors by Derek Walcott & Donald Hinkson

7 Derek Walcott--Themes binary oppositions: white and back, colonizer and colonizer, British and West Indian synthesis, hybrid identity Odyssey: voyaging, travel through cultures and space; Omeros (Homerus/Homer, Joyce, Dante--terza rima in The Divine Comedy)--“the Homeric quality of Caribbean life”

8 Book Covers

9 John Donne--“Meditation XVII” “No man is an island entirely of itself, every man is piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved In mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

10 Walcott and Crusoe “Walcott’s Crusoe is the emptied, receptive self. He is Columbus, by accident discovering the New World; he is Adam in a second Eden, giving its names. Unlike Prospero, he is demotic, for ‘Crusoe is no lord of magic, duke, prince. He does not possess the island he inhabits….He acts, not by authority, but by conscience.’” --Louis James


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