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Biography of W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin (1927 - Present)

William Stanley (W.S.) Merwin was born on September 30, 1927 in New York City and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Princeton University and worked as a tutor in Europe and translator.

From 1956 to 1957 Merwin was also playwright-in-residence at the Poet's Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and poetry editor at The Nation in 1962. Besides being a prolific poet (he has published over fifteen volumes of his works) he is also a respected translator of Spanish, French, and Latin poetry, including Dante's Purgatorio. Merwin is probably best known for his poetry about the Vietnam War, and can be included among the canon of Vietnam War-era poets which includes such luminaries as Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich, Denise Levertov, Robert Lowell, Allen Ginsburg and Yousef Komunyakaa.

In 1998 Merwin wrote Folding Cliffs: A Narrative, an ambitious novel-in-verse about Hawaiian history and legend.


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23 Poems written by W.S. Merwin

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16312 Yesterday Comments and analysis of Yesterday by W.S. Merwin 242 Comments
7917 For The Anniversary Of My Death Comments and analysis of For The Anniversary Of My Death by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
7546 Air Comments and analysis of Air by W.S. Merwin 208 Comments
5734 When You Go Away
5470 For A Coming Extinction
4908 The Speed Of Light Comments and analysis of The Speed Of Light by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
4648 My Friends Comments and analysis of My Friends by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
4002 Some Last Questions Comments and analysis of Some Last Questions by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
3937 The River Of Bees
3745 Unknown Bird
3634 Any Time Comments and analysis of Any Time by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
3538 Wish Comments and analysis of Wish by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
3315 Before The Flood Comments and analysis of Before The Flood by W.S. Merwin 18 Comments
2946 The Source
2744 Beggars And Kings
2710 Whenever I Go There
2672 Vehicles
2671 December Night Comments and analysis of December Night by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
2631 It Is March
2562 The Burnt Child
2225 Term Comments and analysis of Term by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
323 The Ships Are Made Ready In Silence
293 Green Fields


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