The Prodigal: A Poem
The Prodigal is a journey through physical and mental landscapes, from Greenwich Village to the Alps, Pescara to Milan, Germany to Cartagena. But always in "the music of memory, water," abides St. Lucia, the author's birthplace, and the living sea. In his new work, Derek Walcott has created a sweeping yet intimate epic of an exhausted Europe studded with church spires and mountains, train stations...
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (March 21, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
Amazon Rank: 1313149
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“The Prodigal by Derek Walcott is a short epic poem that moves across the geography of the mind as the poet takes the reader on a journey through various continents. The poem travels with a musicality that stretches the line with the sounds of place a...”
and statuary, where the New World is an idea, a "wavering map," and where History subsumes the natural history of his "unimportantly beautiful" island home. Here, the wanderer fears that he has been tainted by his exile, that his life has become untranslatable, and that his craft itself is rooted in betrayal of the vivid archipelago to which, like Antaeus, he must return for the very sustenance of life.