Derek Walcott Quote
Derek Walcott Travel Quote: I read; I travel; I become
Derek Alton Walcott was born in Castries, Saint Lucia. He is a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. His work explores the Caribbean cultural. Derek Walcott is best known for his poetry, beginning with In a Green Night.
As a young man, Walcott trained as a painter, mentored by Harold Simmons, whose life as a professional artist provided an inspiring example for him. Walcott greatly admired Cézanne and Giorgione and sought to learn from them. Walcott’s painting was later exhibited at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City, along with the art of other writers, in a 2007 exhibition named “The Writer’s Brush: Paintings and Drawings by Writers”.
He studied as a writer, becoming “an elated, exuberant poet madly in love with English” and strongly influenced by modernist poets such as T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. Walcott had an early sense of a vocation as a writer. 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.
He was the University of Alberta’s first distinguished scholar in residence, where he taught undergraduate and graduate writing courses. He also served as Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), which many critics view “as Walcott’s major achievement.”
He has written more than 30 plays and it includes Dream on Monkey Mountain, The Odyssey and The Capeman. He also wrote many books like Omeros, What the twilight says, Seagrapes and the bounty.
Derek Walcott won Nobel Prize in Literature, T.S Eliot Prize, a Royal Society of Literature Award, an Obie Award for the Best Foreign Play and Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service.