William Stanley Merwin
William Stanley Merwin Poems
- For The Anniversary Of My Deat... Every year without knowing it...
- Air Naturally it is night. Under the overturned lute with ...
- My Friends My friends without shields walk on the ...
- It Is March It is March and black dust falls out of the ...
- December Night The cold slope is standing in darkness But ...
- Any Time How long ago the day is when at last I look at ...
- Before The Flood Why did he promise me that we would build ...
William Stanley Merwin (born 30 September 1927 ) is an American poet. He made a name for himself as an anti-war poet during the 1960s. Later, he would evolve toward mythological themes and develop a unique prosody characterized by indirect narration and the absence of punctuation. In the 80s and 90s, Merwin's interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology also influenced his writing. He continues to write prolifically, though he also dedicates significant time to the restoration of rainforests in Hawaii, where he currently resides.
Merwin has received many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in both 1971 and 2009) and the Tanning Prize, one of the highest honors ... more »
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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
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