W.S. Merwin

Poetry is a way of looking at the world for the first time.

– W.S. Merwin


born in New York, The United States,  September 30, 1927

William Stanley Merwin (New York City, September 30, 1927) is an American poet, credited with over 30 books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin’s unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin’s writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands’ rainforests.
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 bestowed by the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings. In 2010, the Library of Congress named Merwin the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate to replace the outgoing Kay Ryan.

14 thoughts on “W.S. Merwin

  1. September 30, 1927: Happy 86th birthday, W.S. Merwin!

  2. what an incredible quote – and so true. i have never thought about poetry like this before, but it is true. all writing is personal, but poetry has a certain way about it which makes what one see’s – perceives – a little different than what the eyes see. do i make sense?

  3. Clouds N Cups

    Happy October, my friend!

    May this month be of a beautiful and fruitful one for you and your loved ones!

    Take care and be well, always~ Cheers!! 😀

  4. Another beautiful quote – you sure know how to pick them!

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