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Omeros
     

Omeros

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by Derek Walcott
 

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A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events — the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement — and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

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A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events — the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement — and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

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G.E. Murray
Unlike many Caribbean writers of his generation, Walcott resisted for a long time the lure of emigration, preferring to help establish a strong Caribbean literary culture from within as both poet and dramatist. As such he is described as "a 20th century man with an Elizabethan sense of language.
Chicago Tribune
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This magnificent modern epic by poet-playwright Walcott (The Arkansas Testament) follows the wanderings of a present-day Odysseus and the inconsolable sufferings of those who are displaced and traveling with trepidation toward their homes. Written in seven circling books and magically fluid tercets, the poem illuminates the classical past and its motifs through an extraordinary cast of contemporary characters from the island of Santa Lucia: humble fishermen Achilles, Philoctete and Hector; a feverishly beautiful house servant, Helen, who incites her own Trojan War; a local seer, Seven Seas; and the narrator himself, who wanders to the States, to Europe and back again although he knows, ``the nearer home, the deeper our fears increase, / that no house might come to meet us on our own shore.'' Singularly ambitious, and as moving as the works of its namesake, Omeros (Greek for ``Homer'') remains accessible despite its complexity and divergent strains, which include the privations of Native Americans, African natives and exiled English colonials.
Library Journal
If you can buy only one Walcott title, get this Carribean epic.
G.E. Murray
Unlike many Caribbean writers of his generation, Walcott resisted for a long time the lure of emigration, preferring to help establish a strong Caribbean literary culture from within as both poet and dramatist. As such he is described as "a 20th century man with an Elizabethan sense of language. -- Chicago Tribune
Mary Lefkowitz
The narrative of Omeros is exciting and memorable....Mr. Walcott's epic is a significant and timely reminder that the past is not the property of those who first created it; it always matters to all of us. -- The New York Time Books of the Century, Oct. 7, 1990

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374225919
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/31/1990
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. His Collected Poems: 1948-1984 was published in 1986; his subsequent works include the book-length poem Omeros (1990), The Bounty (1997), and Tiepolo's Hound (2000), illustrated with the poet's own paintings. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

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Omeros 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I had to read this in college. It isn't good. It's bearable at best. I've read countless other books that are better in every aspect than this that weren't even considered for the Nobel Prize. Of course, maybe it is Nobel Prize worthy since they just give those out to anyone now.
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