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Omeros (1990) is the epic work of poetry by Derek Walcott. This epic poem helped Walcott win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.[1] The title refers to the Greek myths about Homer.  The poem refers to characters in the Iliad and Odyssey. But the poem is set on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where Walcott was born.[2]

This massive, three-hundred-page epic describes contemporary Caribbean life. Walcott's heroes are ordinary men and women who live in the modern world.[3][4]

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  1. "Omeros" (in en). "Walcott had already been on nomination lists for the Nobel Prize, but it was this poem that clinched the case and brought him the prize in 1992." 
  2. "Walcott, Derek Alton, (23 Jan. 1930–17 March 2017), poet and playwright". Who's Who (Oxford University Press). 2007-12-01. 
  3. "Search Results for omeros" (in en). "Contemporary Caribbean life in all its complexity. Walcott's heroes are ordinary men and women." [dead link]
  4. Cambridge, Gerry (2017-07-26). "Walcott, Derek" (in en).$002facrefore$002f9780190201098.001.0001$002facrefore-9780190201098-e-517. [dead link]