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Derek Walcott
(1930-____) born on
Jan 23
West Indian poet, playwright. He was noted for works that explore the Caribbean cultural experience; received the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1992
         
   
F
I try to forget what happiness was,
and when that don't work, I study the stars.

R
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
A
Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.
N
Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Schooner, "Flight," sct. 11, in The Star-Apple Kingdom (1980).
R: Interview in Writers at Work (Eighth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1988).
A: Interview in Writers at Work (Eighth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1988).
N: "Dissolving the Sigh of History," in Guardian (London, 16 Dec. 1992).
K: Interview in Writers at Work (Eighth Series; ed. by George Plimpton, 1988).
   


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