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SLP Pays Tribute to Hon Sir Derek A. Walcott

Our country awoke this morning to the sad news that a Saint Lucian genius, an icon of the world had passed.  It is impossible for anyone to be able to express in words the life of this Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate only his own mastery of the English language could aptly describe his life work and achievements.

Born on Chausee Road in Castries Saint Lucia 87 years ago, I was pleased to be part of the government that started to memorialize the home where he was born and lived in during his formative  years on that famous street in Castries, where Sir Arthur Lewis the other Saint Lucian born Nobel Laureate lived.

To say Sir Derek was a genius of all times is an understatement, he ranks in the literary world of William Shakespeare, Longfellow, V.S. Naipaul and others of that ilk.  His works have been proclaimed globally and he was a mentor to many local writers like Robert Lee and McDonald Dixon among others.

From his first anthology In a Green Night 1948-1960 described “as a striking first collection.  His writing belongs to the pleasure band of the spectrum; it is full of summary, melancholy, fresh and stinging colours, luscious melody and intense awareness of place……his volume hums with echoes of Villan and Dante, Catullus and the metaphysicals” (LISTENER).

He continued to blaze the trail with his poetry and writings – always remembering the country of his birth Saint Lucia from “Return to D’Ennery Rain” to “A City’s Death By Fire” – Saint Lucia was his oasis, his playground from where he would inform the world of his native island, introducing the local patois in his poetry, proud of his heritage and his country.  This “greatest living writer,” is gone but thankfully his writing will remain for the world to enjoy and share with generations still unborn.

On behalf of the Executive, members and Parliamentarians of the Saint Lucia Labour Party I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family of the late

Sir Hon Derek A. Walcott. May his soul rest in peace.

Philip J. Pierre

Political Leader


  1. Philip dam it u don’t have to make the former government look good just to sympathize with Sir Derek’s family. Everything 4 u all guys is politics especially u Philip am sick and tired of this smh.

  2. He was a giant of a man a great writer in the the world of literature his legacy is eternal it will last forever..After that hot gospeller had level but the church sky i wrote a tall of tallow of a city death by fire rest in peace Sir Dereck Walcott.. I am sure that he was not happy about the giving away of the Vieux-Fort lands to the capitalist world Burton Lorde

  3. Quincy Anderson what is your problem because Your boss cannot do it to hell with you you fool Jusso if he had not written you all would had said different

    • Mad, don’t worry with mate. He knows that Shassnay can’t read and he can’t write, so he’s mad that PJP wrote something so eloquent for Sir Derek.

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