White Egrets: Poems
by Derek Walcott
- A Top 10 Book in the “Poetry Books of the 21st Century” Category
- 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Honoree
- A New York Times Notable Book for 2010
Publication Date: Mar 15, 2011
List Price: $13.00
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects of his career—the Caribbean’s complex colonial legacy, his love of the Western literary tradition, the wisdom that comes through the passing of time, the always strange joys of new love, and the sometimes terrifying beauty of the natural world—with an intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott creates an almost surflike cadence, broadening the possibilities of rhyme and meter, poetic form and language. White Egrets is a moving new collection from one of the most important poets of the twentieth century—a celebration of the life and language of the West Indies. It is also a triumphant paean to beauty, love, art, and—perhaps most surprisingly—getting older.
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