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Derek Walcott


Omeros is the Greek name for Homer and though Derek Walcott's protagonists, Achille and Philoctete, are simple fishermen, they and their tribulations take on the specific gravity and resonance of their mythic Greek namesakes.  Walcott's magnificent poem charts both the visible history of events and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.


Caribbean writer Derek Walcott recently adapted his Nobel Prize-winning epic poem Omeros for performance in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The poem spans both time and continents, following the journey of a present-day Odysseus and a beautiful house servant Helen, who incites her own Trojan War.


Paperback edition

325 pages