Selected Poems

Derek Walcott; Edited by Edward Baugh

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Drawing from every stage of the Nobel laureate's career, Derek Walcott's Selected Poems brings together famous pieces from his early volumes, including "A Far Cry from Africa" and "A City's Death by Fire," with passages from the celebrated Omeros and selections from his latest major works, which extend his contributions to reenergizing the contemporary long poem. Here we find all of Walcott's essential themes, from grappling with the Caribbean's colonial legacy to his conflicted love of home and of Western literary tradition; from the wisdom-making pain of time and mortality to the strange wonder of love, the natural world, and what it means to be human. We see his lifelong labor at poetic crafts, his broadening of the possibilities of rhyme and meter, stanza forms, language, and metaphor. Edited and with an introduction by the Jamaican poet and critic Edward Baugh, this volume is a perfect representation of Walcott's breadth of work, spanning almost half a century.

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Walcott reads his poem "The Bounty" and poems by Joseph Brodsky

"Hear Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott read his poem ""The Bounty,""and Joseph Brodsky's ""Lullaby"" and ""Love Song."" Learn more about Derek Walcott at http://us.macmillan.com/author/derekwalcott-author Find Walcott's Selected Poems at http://us.macmillan.com/selectedpoems-9/DerekWalcott Learn more about poet Joseph Brodsky at http://us.macmillan.com/author/josephbrodsky-author Read about Brodsky's Collected Poems in English at http://us.macmillan.com/collectedpoemsinenglish/JosephBrodsk

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“The magnitude of Walcott’s achievement . . . is on lavish display in his updated Selected Poems, which spans a half-century of his protean output and highlights the formal prowess of the progressively ambitious work he’s produced over the last twenty years . . . confirming the incantatory powers of an oracle the likes of which the New World hasn’t seen since Prospero drowned his book.” —David Barber, The Boston Globe
 
Selected Poems allows us the rare pleasure of tracing a long career, a full life . . . Timeless in [its] magic and cumulative power . . . Luminous [and] engaging.” —Richard Wakefield, The Seattle Times

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Derek Walcott; Edited by Edward Baugh

Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, seven collections of plays, and a book of essays. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

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Derek Walcott; Edited by Edward Baugh

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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December 2007
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ISBN: 9780374531119
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 328 pages
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January 2007
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