Longtime legend dies leaving Hollywood absolutely heartbroken. No one expected this…
He was one of the greatest in the business, and captured the heart of people everywhere. Derek Walcott was one of the greatest known poets in history, and he is now dead at 87.
Walcott was awarded with a Nobel Prize in Literature and left a legacy here on earth. He passed away early on Friday morning (March 17) according to NY Times.
His publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux confirmed the news saying that Walcott had been in poor health for quite a while. He lived on the island of St. Lucia and most of his writings brought to light the culture and atmosphere of it.
One poem specifically that he wrote about the Caribbean was “Islands” from his “In A Green Night” collection.
As climate seeks its style, to write
Verse crisp as sand, clear as sunlight,
Cold as the curled wave, ordinary
As a tumbler of island water.
His pieces of literature touched the hearts of readers all over the world. He loved the sea, the water, the sand all of it. He once stated to The Economist that he sees the sea to be a part of his body.
“The sea is always present. It’s always visible. All the roads lead to it. I consider the sound of the sea to be part of my body. And if you say in patois, ‘The boats are coming back,’ the beat of that line, its metrical space, has to do with the sound and rhythm of the sea itself.”
Many say that Walcott’s poems DEMANDED to be heard. There was nothing else like them. He loved it too…in an interview with Paris Review back in 1985 he shared a bout his background saying that if you learned poetry, you shouted it!
“I grew up in a place in which if you learned poetry, you shouted it out. Boys would scream it out and perform it and do it and flourish it. If you wanted to approximate that thunder or that power of speech, it couldn’t be done by a little modest voice in which you muttered something to someone else.”
His work is truly one of a kind and he will be missed dearly. Please say a prayer for his family and friends in the comments below:
RIP DEREK WALCOTT.