Omeros (Derek Walcott)

“In hill-towns, from San Fernando to Mayagüez, the same sunrise stirred the feathered lances of cane down the archipelago’s highways. The first breeze rattled the spears and their nose was like distant rain marching down from the hills, like a shell at your ears. In the cool asphalt Sundays of the Antilles the light brought the bitter history of sugar across the squared fields, heightening towards harvest, to the bleached flags of the Indian diaspora."

“In hill-towns, from San Fernando to Mayagüez,
the same sunrise stirred the feathered lances of cane
down the archipelago’s highways. The first breeze
rattled the spears and their nose was like distant rain
marching down from the hills, like a shell at your ears.
In the cool asphalt Sundays of the Antilles
the light brought the bitter history of sugar
across the squared fields, heightening towards harvest,
to the bleached flags of the Indian diaspora."

St. Lucia / 1990

Omeros is an epic poem that loosely echoes Homer’s The Iliad. It is considered to be Walcott’s crowning achievement. Walcott won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He is considered one of the premier Caribbean writers. If you’re in for challenge, give this book of a poem a read. Walcott possesses a deft ability to combine stunning imagery with modernism and West Indian history and culture.

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