The achievement of w s merwin is both impressive and distinctive his body of work encompasses a wide range of literary genres and includes poetry, plays, translations, and prose his. As i read ws merwin’s translation of this poem, i feel a sense that the poet was trying to articulate the harmony which exists between humanity and nature the initial lines of the poem: “into my head rose/the nothings/ my life day after day” (merwin) seemed to indicate a state of disharmony, sadness and banality.
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W s merwin was born in new york city on september 30, 1927 he grew up on the corner of fourth street and new york avenue in union city, new jersey until 1936, when his family moved to scranton, pennsylvania. Ws merwin is a prolific, leading american writer whose poetry, translations, and prose have won praise over seven decades his first book, a mask for janus (1952), was chosen by wh auden for the yale younger poets prize.
See also w s merwin literary criticism (volume 1), and volumes 2, 3, 5, 8, 88 although he has written essays plays translated poetry from french, spanish, latin, and portuguese and written television scripts, merwin's most memorable and controversial work has been as a poet. Ws merwin was born in new york city in 1927 and grew up in union city, new jersey, as well as scranton, pennsylvania (merwin, selected 279) from 1949 to 1951, merwin was a world traveler, as he worked as a tutor in portugal, france, and majorca (merwin, selected 279.
The ends of the earth: essays [ws merwin] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers w s merwin is widely acknowledged as one of the finest living poets in english less well known is the power and range of his work in prose for his first new prose collection in more than ten years. Poets like w s merwin convey this concept of simultaneity in his three poems, “for the anniversary of my death, losing a language, and drunk in the furnace” merwin mixes-up chronological time in his poems to combine the past with the present.