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Midsummer

Derek Walcott

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ISBN
9780571264667
Date Published
15.09.2011
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Summary

Most of the poems in this sequence of fifty where written in close succession during one summer in Trinidad. Their principle themes are the relationship of poetry to painting, the stasis of midsummer in the tropics, and the pull of the sea, family and friendship. Walcott records the experience of middle life – in reality and in memory or the imagination. On the publication of Derek Walcott’s previous collection, The Fortunate Traveller, Blake Morrison wrote in the London Review of Books: ‘The Forunate Traveller is an impressive collection that moves lucidly and at times brilliantly between abstract notions of power and responsibility and visual notions of landscape, cityscape and sea.’ Midsummer is equally impressive.

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Derek Walcott was born in St Lucia, in the West Indies, in 1930. The author of many plays and books of poetry, most recently White Egrets (2010), he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1988, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. He died in 2017.

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