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.
– Derek Walcott
The Nobel laureate was born on this day in 1930.
In the poem ‘Midsummer’ (1984), he wrote:
Forty years gone, in my island childhood, I felt that
the gift of poetry had made me one of the chosen,
that all experience was kindling to the fire of the Muse.
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Walcott at an honorary dinner in Amsterdam, 20 May 2008
Born Derek Alton Walcott
23 January 1930 (age 83)
Castries, Saint Lucia
Occupation Poet, playwright, professor
Nationality Saint Lucian
Genres Poetry, plays
Notable work(s) Omeros
Notable award(s) Nobel Prize in Literature
T. S. Eliot Prize
Children Peter Walcott, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Anna Walcott-Hardy
Derek Alton Walcott, OBE OCC (born 23 January 1930) is a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.He is currently Professor of poetry at the University of Essex.
His works include the Homeric epic poem, Omeros (1990). Robert Graves wrote that Walcott “handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most, if not any, of his contemporaries”.
In 2011, Walcott received the T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry, White Egrets.