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Derek Walcott: 1930-2017—When writing is its own reward

It is difficult to think of a longer and more fruitful career in literature than the St Lucian Nobel laureate’s

By Matthew Sperling  

Derek Walcott in 2012 ©Jorge Mejía peralta

“For every poet it is always morning in the world,” Derek Walcott said in 1992 in his Nobel Prize for literature acceptance speech, “The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory.” Every act of poetic creation is a new dawn and a chance to define the world afresh, “because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.”

Walcott, who died on Friday morning at the age of 87, is himself a historical figure now. It is…

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