Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott died

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott diedNobel laureate poet Derek Walcott has died aged 87 at his home in the Caribbean island of St Lucia after a long illness, BBC cited local media reports on Friday.

He was regarded by critics as one of the greatest Caribbean poets.

His monumental poetry, including 1973’s verse autobiography, Another Life, In A Green Night: Poems 1948 - 1960 and his Caribbean reimagining of The Odyssey, 1990’s Omeros, secured him an international reputation. But this was matched by a theatrical career conducted mostly in the islands of his birth as a director and writer with more than 80 plays to his credit.

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2011.

Announcing the news of his death, St Lucia News Online said he had also won many other literary awards throughout his lifetime.

The Poetry Society has described his death as "terrible news".
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