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date: 28 October 2020

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Theater director and scholar Helen Eastman interviews Nobel Prize-winning St Lucian poet Derek Walcott about classical literature and the way it has impacted his work. Spanning a long career, the resonances between ancient Greece and the islands of the Caribbean, have been an important feature of Walcott’s work, as has the “translation” of poetic verse forms into a metre and rhyme befitting the contemporary Caribbean. From his 1990 epic poem, Omeros, to his Odyssey: A Stage Version (1992/3), and his directing of Seamus Heaney’s Burial at Thebes at London’s Globe Theatre in 2008 ancient epic (including Homer and Virgil) and Greek tragedy have been fundamental to his work. Derek Walcott

Keywords: Omeros, The Odyssey: A Stage Version, Caribbean, Homer, rhyme, Seamus Heaney, verse, theater

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