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In "White Egrets", Derek Walcott treats his characteristic subjects - the Caribbean's complex colonial legacy, the Western artistic tradition, the blessings and withholdings of old Europe (Andalucia, the Mezzogiorno, Amsterdam), the unaccomodating sublime of the new world, time's cunning passages, the poet's place in all of this - with a passionate intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the systolic and mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott carries his surf-like cadence from poem to poem, and from sequence to sequence in this celebratory and close-knit collection.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 01/01/2011 ISBN-13: 9780571254743  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Derek Walcott was born in St Lucia, in the West Indies, in 1930. The author of many plays and books of poetry, he was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1988, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He now divides his time between homes in St Lucia and New York.

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A late masterpiece by one of the finest poets at work in the English language. The mode is elegy, but the freshness and verve of the vocabulary belies that mode at every turn. This book is full of life, and winning the Nobel has not dulled Walcott’s pen in the least.

Teju Cole - 12/09/2012

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