Creating an epic poem based on Homer and Odysseus seems a risky proposition for a modern poet, but Derek Walcott accomplishes the feat with stunning results in Omeros. The title, which is Homer's name in Greek, nods to the wandering and exile of the great poet himself, who learned and suffered while traveling. From there, Walcott takes off to "see the cities of many men and to know their minds." After an exhilarating exploration of tremendous proportions, we learn of the past and the present and ride along the rhythm of the words of Walcott in this amazing text.
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.
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Walcott is a great poet, here to stay down through the ages. I cannot say anything in his favor that has not been said about him. I love Walcott.Published 3 months ago by Chancey
It was nice to be able to purchase this a Kindle book, as my daughter needed it right away for a class.Published 3 months ago by Kathyabu
Stunning. I have only reached the half-way point in this beautiful book written entirely in poetry, iambic pentameter for the most part, I am reading it slowly, as I think poetry... Read morePublished 10 months ago by email@example.com
Not a collection of poetry, but an epic novel in verse. It must take some confidence, on the part of an author, to write consciously in the tradition of Homer, Virgil, Dante and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Mark A. Patton
This epic poem is a wonder, and should be considered a masterpiece. It is so layered and thoughtful, dreamlike and emotional, it was hard to put down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Henley
Omeros was undoubtedly an instrumental step as Walcott became the first Caribbean author to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ray Zimmerman
I also own Walcott's Collected Poems from 1984. But Omeros is better and more ambitious than anything in that volume. And it's extremely ambitious. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by J. Cohen