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The Star-Apple Kingdom

Country of Authorship: St Lucia
Author: Derek Walcott
Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Publication Year: 1979

Synopsis

Most of the poems in this collection follow the arc of the Caribbean archipelago from Trinidad to Jamaica. The reader is taken on an odyssey, beginning with “The Schooner Flight,” in which a poor mulatto sailor abandons his life in Trinidad, sailing northward to meet his fate, and ending with “The Star-Apple Kingdom,” a long poem whose axis is the crucial attempt to establish a new social order in Jamaica without sacrificing democracy. 

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