Derek Walcott

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Derek Alton Walcott (born January 23, 1930) is a West Indian poet, playwright, writer and visual artist who writes mainly in English. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

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The Schooner 'Flight'

I'm just a red nigger who love the sea,.
I had a sound colonial education,
I have Dutch, nigger, and English in me,
and either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation.

  • Adios, Carenage line 40-44 (The Schooner 'Flight' (1980))

I try to forget what happiness was,
and when that don't work, I study the stars.

  • After the Storm (The Schooner 'Flight' (1980))
  • I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.
    • Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, (1988)
  • Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.
    • Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, (1988)
  • The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
    • Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, (1988)

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