Saturday, July 22, 2017

SIR DEREK DIES*

world mourns loss of ‘great’ Nobel Laureate


castries, st lucia
 
Derek Walcott, a Nobel-prize winning poet known for capturing the essence of his native Caribbean, has died on the island of St Lucia. He was 87.
Walcott’s death in the eastern Caribbean nation was first confirmed early yesterday by his son, Peter.
“Derek Alton Walcott, poet, playwright, and painter died peacefully today, Friday 17th March, 2017, at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia,” read a family statement released later in the morning. It said the funeral would be held in St Lucia and details would be announced shortly.
The prolific and versatile poet received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being short-listed for the honour for many years. In selecting Walcott, the academy cited the “great luminosity” of his writings including the 1990 Omeros, a 64-chapter Caribbean epic it praised as “majestic”.
“In him, West Indian culture has found its great poet,” said the Swedish academy in awarding the US$1.2 million prize to Walcott.
St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said flags throughout the island would be lowered to half-staff to honour Walcott, one of the most renowned figures to emerge from the small country.

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