Inspiring quotes by Derek Walcott

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Derek Walcott

  • Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
  • The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.
  • Art is History’s nostalgia, it prefers a thatched roof to a concrete factory, and the huge church above a bleached village.
  • Slowly my body grows a single sound, slowly I become a bell, an oval, disembodied vowel, I grow, an owl, an aureole, white fire poesia “Metamorfosi, I. Luna
  • I shall unlearn feeling, unlearn my gift. That is greater and harder than what passes there for life.
  • The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. Derek Walcott
  • I loved them as poets love the poetry that kills them, as drowned sailors the sea.
  • The future happens. No matter how much we scream.
  • What are men? Children who doubt.
  • She’s a rare vase, out of a cat’s reach, on its shelf.

Derek Walcott (1930-2017) was a renowned Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and essayist whose literary contributions earned him international acclaim. Born in Castries, Saint Lucia, on January 23, 1930, he grew up in a multicultural and multilingual environment, which greatly influenced his work.

Walcott’s poetry often explored themes of identity, colonization, and the complexities of Caribbean culture. He was a master of language, blending English with Creole and drawing from a wide range of literary traditions, making his writing both lyrically rich and deeply meaningful.

His most famous work, the epic poem “Omeros” (1990), reimagined Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” in a Caribbean context, showcasing his ability to blend classical themes with modern Caribbean realities. Walcott received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, making him one of the few Caribbean writers to achieve this honor.

Aside from his poetry, Walcott was an accomplished playwright, known for works like “Dream on Monkey Mountain” (1967) and “The Last Carnival” (1983). His contributions to Caribbean literature and culture extended beyond his writing, as he played a significant role in establishing theater and literary institutions in the region.

Derek Walcott’s legacy endures through his profound literary works, which continue to resonate with readers worldwide. His commitment to exploring the complexities of Caribbean identity and culture has left an indelible mark on the world of literature.

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