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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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