Derek Walcott: Collected Poems Glossary

Derek Walcott: Collected Poems Glossary

Monument

A building or statue that commemorates a significant person or event.

Martyr

An individual who dies for their faith

Caravel

A sailing ship used during the Middle Ages.

Genesis

The first book of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament, focusing on the origins of the world.

Exodus

The second book of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament, exploring the mass departure of the Israelites leaving Egypt.

soldered

To fuse metal objects by heating them.

Mantled

To cloak or envelop something.

benediction

A formal prayer or blessing.

Plangent

A loud and melancholy sound.

Babylonian

The term for the people living in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon.

Cowry

A type of sea sail living inside a large, intricate shell.

Manacles

Another term for handcuffs.

Briggands

Robbers, in particular, highwaymen.

Charred

Burned and blackened.

Maw

The mouth, throat and jaws of an animal.

Colonnades

A row of tall objects, positioned like pillars supporting a roof.

Grouper

A large fish.

Gomorrah

An ancient biblical city, destroyed due to its sinfullness.

Marl

A type of rock.

Mantling

A piece of decorative fabric attached to a helmet.

Congealing

Solidifying while cooling.

Lancing

Striking, like with a sword.

Jubilation

A strong sense of happiness and triumph.

Synod

An assembly of the clergy within a church.

Elation

A feeling of intense happiness and freedom.

Looting

Stealing.

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