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date: 14 June 2024

Merwin, W. S.locked

Merwin, W. S.locked

  • Sean McDonnell

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The son of a Presbyterian minister, William Stanley Merwin was born on 30 September 1927 in New York City and raised in Union City, New Jersey, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. One of the most prolific and successful postwar American poets, he has written more than fifteen books of poems and has won a range of prestigious prizes, including the Bollingen Prize, Tanning Prize, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and Pulitzer Prize. After graduating from Princeton University in 1948 he left the United States to live in Europe, and over the course of his career he has lived in England, southern France, Mexico, and Hawaii, the landscapes and cultures of which all figure prominently in his poems. Although Merwin's poetic output is characterized by frequent and sometimes radical shifts in form and style, his work retains a high degree of unity by adhering to a consistent set of interrelated themes and concerns, which include the complexities of time, language, and memory; societal and existential alienation; myth; family; and the rhythms and patterns of the nonhuman world.

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  • North American Literatures

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