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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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16240 Yesterday Comments and analysis of Yesterday by W.S. Merwin 85 Comments
7874 For The Anniversary Of My Death Comments and analysis of For The Anniversary Of My Death by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
7494 Air Comments and analysis of Air by W.S. Merwin 48 Comments
5705 When You Go Away
5416 For A Coming Extinction
4874 The Speed Of Light Comments and analysis of The Speed Of Light by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
4616 My Friends Comments and analysis of My Friends by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
3966 Some Last Questions Comments and analysis of Some Last Questions by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
3898 The River Of Bees
3699 Unknown Bird
3592 Any Time Comments and analysis of Any Time by W.S. Merwin 2 Comments
3488 Wish Comments and analysis of Wish by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
3268 Before The Flood Comments and analysis of Before The Flood by W.S. Merwin 18 Comments
2915 The Source
2711 Beggars And Kings
2673 Whenever I Go There
2635 Vehicles
2632 December Night
2596 It Is March
2534 The Burnt Child
2191 Term Comments and analysis of Term by W.S. Merwin 1 Comment
275 The Ships Are Made Ready In Silence
252 Green Fields

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