Derek Walcott: Sea Grapes

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Sea Grapes is a collection of lyric poems on a variety of themes, including the socio-political and the personal; poems about the Caribbean and about the USA and England; poems that invoke or pay tribute to other poets and painters; poems sharply, even bitterly critical, or deeply meditative, or radiant with a solemn joy of life. These groupings sometimes overlap. There is also a variety of verse forms, from free verse to poems with a blank-verse base, including one or two that may be loosely called extended sonnets. There are short-line poems, some in dimeter, varied with trimeter, and sometimes suggesting litany or chant.

The collection plays variations on certain notes struck in Another Life (1973). That v…

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Baugh, Edward . "Sea Grapes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2009
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

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  1. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand