Omeros

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880406

Category: Poetry

Page: 325

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Derek Walcott's Omeros is a poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

Omeros

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781439505519

Category: Poetry

Page: N.A

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A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

Epic of the Dispossessed

Derek Walcott's Omeros

Author: Robert D. Hamner

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826211521

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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Hamner briefly explains his perception of the epic tradition and its viability in contemporary literature. He examines Walcott's writing career and traces his development of devices, themes, techniques, and a narrative style essential to epic poetry. Although Walcott could not have fully anticipated Omeros, a retrospective view of his writing reveals the consistent accumulation of the skills and broad scope required for such an undertaking. Hamner attempts also to show that Walcott has incorporated into his personal style not only the more obvious aspects of his formal education but also uniquely West Indian cultural material and forms of expression.

Ambition and Anxiety

Ezra Pound's Cantos and Derek Walcott's Omeros as Twentieth-century Epics

Author: Line Henriksen

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042021497

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

View: 3476

This comparative study investigates the epic lineage that can be traced back from Derek Walcott's Omeros and Ezra Pound's Cantos through Dante's Divina Commedia to the epic poems of Virgil and Homer, and identifies and discusses in detail a number of recurrent key topoi. A fresh definition of the concept of genre is worked out and presented, based on readings of Homer. The study reads Pound's and Walcott's poetics in the light of Roman Jakobson's notions of metonymy and metaphor, placing their long poems at the respective opposite ends of their language poles. Although there has already been an intermittent critical focus on the 'classical' (and 'Dantean') antecedents of Walcott's poetry, the present study is the first to bring together the whole range of epic intertextualities underlying Omeros, and the first to read this Caribbean masterpiece in the context of Pound's achievement.

Midsummer

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880430

Category: Poetry

Page: 78

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The poems in this sequence of fifty-four were written to encompass one year, from summer to summer. Their principal themes are the stasis, both stultifying and provocative, of midsummer in the tropics; the pull of the sea, family, and friendship on one whose cricumstances lead to separation; the relationship of poetry to painting; and the place of a poet between two cultures. Walcott records, with his distinctive linguistic blend of soaring imagery and plainly stated facts, the experience of a mid-lief period--in reality and in memory or the imagination. As Louis Simpson wrote on the publication of Wacott's The Fortunate Traveller, "Walcott is a spellbinder. Of how many poets can it be said that their poems are compelling--not a mere stringing together of images and ideas but language that delights in itself, rhythms that seem spontaneous, scenes that are vividly there?...The poet who can write like this is a master."

Walcott's Omeros

A Reader's Guide

Author: Don Barnard

Publisher: First Forum Press

ISBN: 9781935049906

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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Don Barnard¿s reader¿s guide plumbs the richness, subtlety, and power of Derek Walcott¿s Omeros. Barnard adeptly lays out the major themes of the work, explains Walcott¿s geographical, historical, and autobiographical references, and explores his use of symbolism. He also highlights the qualities that make Omeros a master class in the use of form, rhythm, and rhyme and proposes new solutions to issues raised by earlier critical works. Walcott¿s own comments on both the poem and the writer¿s task enhance this invaluable contribution.

In the Shadows of Divine Perfection

Derek Walcott's Omeros

Author: Lance Callahan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135884536

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 150

View: 9668

In the Shadows of Divine Perfection provides an examination of Derek Walcott's Omeros 1990)- the St. Lucian poet's longest work, and the piece that secured his Nobel Laureate-that reveals the deep-seated bond between the root narratives of ancient Greece to the cultural products and practices of the contemporary Caribbean. This book presents the first detailed reading of Walcott's highly controversial attempt to craft a Caribbean master narrative. This book also presents an overview of the poem's ideological orientation and a far-reaching critique of current postcolonial theory. Lance Callahan engages some of the most vexing problems of authenticity by reading Walcott's work alongside ancient Greek literature and culture.

Allusions in Omeros

Notes and a Guide to Derek Walcott's Masterpiece

Author: Maria McGarrity

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813061009

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

View: 9459

Omeros is considered the masterwork of Caribbean-born poet and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. McGarrity, an expert on Joyce and Caribbean literature, has written a definitive and needed high-quality reading guide for this important piece of postcolonial Caribbean literature.

Omeros

Author: Costas Komborozos

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539014430

Category:

Page: 122

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Homer, the epic poet, lays in bed as he awaits his imminent demise. He sees the Muse of Epic Poetry appear before him. The Muse allows him to become part of the world of his epic poem. "Sing no more, Muse, for the lights of Olympus have faded. The gods have fallen silent, the glowing worlds beneath them no longer in a state of becoming. Helen's beauty, the bearer of all summer likenesses, becomes a mere imprint on my poetic tongue's last spoken syllable. A once-unending river bends. Like Achilles, I feel time irrevocably shifting my life's golden stream. My life is ending. Time hurls itself toward me, distinctly sharp and clear in its mortal profusion. The arrow reaches its mark, and I feel that the demigod's hands are my own. The half-perspiring palms are intersecting lines, which then converge with smaller lines along the coarsely gleaming moisture. I sink beneath the weight of a heavy sky. A world immeasurably white now breathes the end of me, reminding me of the silent kindness of snow. My time has come. My life ebbs away into a rimless ocean, the sun above it no longer a radiant disc but a sky entire. A heaven-shaped sun filled to my mortal world's brim. The light of this sky blinds me with necessity, for it quickly departs and gives way to heavy tears of soot. The sky is now as sightless as a poetry unheard, the dim stars in it teeming with unconcern, half-jovial indifference even. My life rises beneath the blackened dome. It moves like a century's incessant yearning. Calliope appears before me, her hand gliding gently above mine. Her gaze suffuses the time-worn depths of me, the brilliance of her eyes smiling upon a heart half-darkened with dread. Death slowly descends upon me. Calliope helped me tell my tale, but now I must find the words and meaning of my life's end. I find myself wrestling with history's iron grasp, and then I see the beauty of a woman whose life's moments come together to form her matchless visage. My life ebbs out in slow rivers, but my remembering mind takes me back to the most beautiful and ageless beginnings. My senses begin to dim, and I feel unconsciousness slowly rising. But my heart still beats with the deepest of yearnings, for it allows me to feel that I am part of that glorious world. The Muse now looks deeply into my eyes. I feel my life unfolding for a second time."

The Prodigal

A Poem

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880414

Category: Poetry

Page: 112

View: 9205

Do not diminish in my memory villages of absolutely no importance, ... Hoard, cherish your negligible existence, your unrecorded history of unambitious syntax, your clean pools of unpolluted light over close stones. The Prodigal is a journey through physical and mental landscapes, from Greenwich Village to the Alps, Pescara to Milan, Germany to Cartagena. But always in "the music of memory, water," abides St. Lucia, the author's birthplace, and the living sea. In his new work, Derek Walcott has created a sweeping yet intimate epic of an exhausted Europe studded with church spires and mountains, train stations and statuary, where the New World is an idea, a "wavering map," and where History subsumes the natural history of his "unimportantly beautiful" island home. Here, the wanderer fears that he has been tainted by his exile, that his life has become untranslatable, and that his craft itself is rooted in betrayal of the vivid archipelago to which, like Antaeus, he must return for the very sustenance of life.

Collected Poems, 1948-1984

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374520259

Category: Poetry

Page: 515

View: 9999

This retrospective collection includes most of the poems from each of the poet's previous books, as selected by the poet, and the complete text of "Another Life," a long narrative poem

White Egrets

Poems

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880511

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 5418

A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects of his career—the Caribbean's complex colonial legacy, his love of the Western literary tradition, the wisdom that comes through the passing of time, the always strange joys of new love, and the sometimes terrifying beauty of the natural world—with an intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott creates an almost surflike cadence, broadening the possibilities of rhyme and meter, poetic form and language. White Egrets is a moving new collection from one of the most important poets of the twentieth century—a celebration of the life and language of the West Indies. It is also a triumphant paean to beauty, love, art, and—perhaps most surprisingly—getting older.

Tiepolo's Hound

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880481

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

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From the Nobel laureate, a book-length poem on two educations in painting, a century apart "Between me and Venice the thigh of a hound; my awe of the ordinary, because even as I write, paused on a step of this couplet, I have never found its image again, a hound in astounding light." Tiepolo's Hound joins the quests of two Caribbean men: Camille Pissarro--a Sephardic Jew born in 1830 who leaves his native St. Thomas to follow his vocation as a painter in Paris--and the poet himself, who longs to rediscover a detail--"a slash of pink on the inner thigh / of a white hound"--of a Venetian painting encountered on an early visit from St. Lucia to New York. Both journeys take us through a Europe of the mind's eye, in search of a connection between the lost, actual landscape of a childhood and the mythical landscape of empire. Published with twenty-five full-color reproductions of Derek Walcott's own paintings, the poem is at once the spiritual biography of a great artist in self-imposed exile, a history in verse of Impressionist painting, and a memoir of the poet's desire to catch the visual world in more than words.

The Bounty

Poems

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880325

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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Derek Walcott's book The Bounty opens with the title poem, a memorable elegy to his mother. It also contains a haunting series of poems evoking the poet's native ground, the island of St. Lucia. The power and beauty of Walcott's lyric gift have never been more fully in evidence.

What the Twilight Says

Essays

Author: Derek Walcott

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466880503

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

View: 8069

The first collection of essays by the Nobel laureate. Derek Walcott has been publishing essays in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and elsewhere for more than twenty years. What the Twilight Says collects these pieces to form a volume of remarkable elegance, concision, and brilliance. It includes Walcott's moving and insightful examinations of the paradoxes of Caribbean culture, his Nobel lecture, and his reckoning of the work and significance of such poets as Robert Lowell, Joseph Brodsky, Robert Frost, Les Murray, and Ted Hughes, and of prose writers such as V. S. Naipaul and Patrick Chamoiseau. On every subject he takes up, Walcott the essayist brings to bear the lyric power and syncretic intelligence that have made him one of the major poetic voices of our time. Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. His recent works include Omeros (FSG, 1990) and The Bounty (FSG, 1997). He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. He lives in New York City and Castries, St. Lucia.

Omeros ebraios

sive Historia Hebraeorum ab Homero hebraicis nominibus ac sententiis conscripta in Odyssea et Iliade

Author: Gerard Croese

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 665

View: 6499