The Chase
The Chase is a mature reflection on the passions of a full life. Through its four sections, The Chase, Utopia, Ars Longa and Vita Brevis, five decades of poetry are brought together to form a dramatic journey through Figueroa's preoccupations. Inspiring the complex architecture of the whole is the powerful desire to hold together the spirit and the flesh, the Caribbean and Europe in one vision.
John Figueroa
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United Kingdom
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19 May 1992

Figueroa has been described as 'the most classical' of Caribbean poets, but he is unquestionably a poet of the Caribbean, with an idiosyncratic vision of the region, whose images and diction are nurtured by its sights and sounds.

John Figueroa was born in Jamaica; he has held chairs in English, Education and Humanities at Universities in Africa, Puerto Rico and the West Indies. He is the author of three previous collections of poetry. He died in 1999.


John Figueroa

John Figueroa was born in Jamaica in 1920. He was educated at St George's College, Jamaica and Holy Cross College, Massachusetts; he did postgraduate work at London University. He taught in England, Jamaica, the USA, Uganda and Puerto Rico. In Jamaica he was the first Jamaican to be appointed to a chair at the University College of the West Indies and the first Dean of the Faculty of Education. He finished his teaching career as Professor of Humanities leading the Department of Education of the Centro Caribeno de Estudios Postgraduados, Puerto Rico. He lectured frequently in Europe, particularly in Spain.
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