Omeros Paperback – 2005
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Sometimes I can't really grasp the meaning of a passage, but it doesn't really matter - each page in this book is so full of the most brilliant images & visions, that it almost seems like a book in itself. And although it's so impossibly rich in smells, colours & sounds, it never succumbs, thank God, to the kind of self-importance that sometimes overshadows the work of other truly great writers.
My one criticism of this poem would be the inclusions of the anaphoric references to the Native Indians. To me, these parts are not completely successful, they detract from the central plot. This is but a slight detraction, though. The great strength of 'Omeros' is, without doubt, Walcott's writing. His verse is quite simply beautiful. While you may find yourself lost in the plot, you can't help but get lost in his language, and I mean this in a good way. It has a richness, a mellifluousness that seeps through the stanzas. This richness is echoed in the descriptions of St. Lucia itself, the indigenous flora, fauna, sea and sky combine to construct an image of a most beautiful island. However, language has a more powerful role in 'Omeros'. As the narrator tells us, 'this language carries its cure/its radiant affliction'. In contrast to its colonial past, the language is used as a freer, not enslaver. This is a poem about healing, about history, ancestry and about ordinary human-beings. There is an elation in this poem which is captivating. It is beautiful, breathtaking. Read it.
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I don't really read a lot of poetry as I don't particularly like it, however Omeros is very good and the prose is lovely. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie Martin
Amazing read, definitely worth it for anyone interested in Classics or more recent history. Fantastic take on the oldest form of poetryPublished on 30 May 2014 by Emily Cogan
I like Classical culture and literature, so when I heard Derek Walcott on the World Book Club, I decided to buy this book. Excellent book and excellent service.Published on 29 Jun. 2009 by Jorge Andre Freire