For The Anniversary Of My Death

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveller
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what

Analysis, meaning and summary of W.S. Merwin's poem For The Anniversary Of My Death


  1. beatrice mumachi says:

    it seems to be an interesting poem. I like it.

  2. Christy Brinker says:

    Mr. Merwin,

    I was just wondering why you wrote this poem and what does it mean? Please give me an answer back asap.

    Thank you,
    Christy Brinker

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