Sir Derek Walcott, World-Renowned Poet/Playwright and First Caribbean Writer to Receive the Nobel Prize In Literature, Passes Away

Sir Derek Walcott, World-Renowned Poet/Playwright and First Caribbean Writer to Receive the Nobel Prize In Literature, Passes Away

St. Kitts and Nevis PM Harris issues condolences on the passing of World-Renowned Poet and Playwright Sir Derek Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis extends his condolences to the people of St. Lucia and the Caribbean, who on Friday, March 17th, 2017, lost Sir Derek Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, a verbal virtuoso who became the first Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1992 was awarded to Sir Derek Walcott “for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment.”

Sir Walcott’s poetry was a reflection of his deep commitment to his country and the Caribbean, as it masterfully captured the physical beauty of his milieu.  It was this idyllic social environment that he gravitated towards throughout his life, choosing to spend much of his time in his homeland of St. Lucia where he died today at the age of 87.

For the celebrations marking his 80th birthday on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, Sir Derek Walcott invited other literary giants such as the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the African playwright Wole Soyinka to St. Lucia, where no doubt the sea played a starring role in the festivities.

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SOURCE: South Florida Caribbean News

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