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Derek Walcott: Omeros

October 4-11, October 25, November 1-15, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. No meeting October 18. (six sessions)


Published in 1990, Omeros is the masterwork of the Nobel Prize winning Saint Lucien writer  Derek Walcott, a book-length epic poem that invites comparisons with Homer while also probing the history and culture of his island home, the “Helen of the West Indies,” and his own life as a well travelled writer.  Divided into seven ‘books’ and sixty-four chapters, Omeros is written in a beautifully limber version of Homer’s hexameters and Dante’s terza rima.  Walcott weaves together classical myth, Caribbean history, native traditions, and the legacy of colonialism in a vital, erudite, and endlessly rewarding post-modern epic.  In this six week seminar, we will work carefully through the text of the poem while also considering the standing of Walcott’s magnum opus in the context of contemporary world literature.

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Christopher Zinn

Christopher Zinn grew up in Pine City, New York, and was educated at Georgetown and at New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Christopher currently teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School.
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