- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (27 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571254748
- ISBN-13: 978-0571254743
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
White Egrets Paperback – 27 Jan 2011
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Praise for Derek Walcott: "No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humor, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters and compel the reader to follow the swift mutations of ideas and images in their minds . . . [His poetry] makes us realize that history, all of it, belongs to us." --"The New York Times Book Review"
White Egrets by Derek Walcott, winner of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize.See all Product description
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Where the last collection, The Prodigal, was one long epic poem, in White Egrets the collection of poems are much shorter individual poems that stands in their own right and could be divided into two categories: there are the titled poems that address specific issues and there are the untitled poems that give the impression of a mature narrator randomly reflecting upon the past. The narrator laments a past that is going, going, gone as for example in Acacia Tree:
"You use to be able to drive (though I don't) across
the wide, pool-sheeted pasture below the house
to the hot, empty beach and park in the starved shade
of the acacias that print those tiny yellow flowers."
This is what links the poems together, the reflection upon the past. The aged narrator, one assumes it is Walcott, stares his mortality in the face and summons up his past. At this stage in life it is time to make amends so there are many dedications to be found in the collection for example to August Wilson, Oliver Jackman, Lorna Goodison and even Barack Obama gets a poem dedicated to him. Another major feature of the collection is that whilst we are not sure from where the narrator is speaking his mind nonetheless wanders across the globe: London, New York, Amsterdam, Italy, Spain and of course the Caribbean.Read more ›
The poems of travel in Europe register new experiences and a different pace of life.
This was a book well worth buying.
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Bought for my sister as a Christmas present. She really enjoyed this book. It arrived in good time and was well packed.Published 15 months ago by Vampirewerewolfzombielover