W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin was an American poet born in 1927 who passed away in 2019 after a prestigious career. His first collection of poetry was A Mask for Janus, published in 1952. It was chosen for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He is remembered for his original style of free verse. 

Air

‘Air’ appears in W.S. Merwin’s 1963 collection of poetry, The Moving Target. This piece is about the personified air, introspecting on its role in nature.

Air by W.S. Merwin Visual Representation

Blueberries After Dark

W.S. Merwin’s ‘Blueberries After Dark’ is a short, thoughtful poem in which the poet relays a memory of his youth. 

Chord

W.S. Merwin’s ‘Chord’ depicts the life and death of John Keats in parallel to the cutting of Sandalwood trees in Hawaii. It centers on the theme of exploitation vs. inspiration.

Chord by W.S. Merwin Visual Representation

Early One Morning

‘Early One Morning’ by W.S. Merwin is a short poem that showcases what seems to be an older man who is stuck in reminiscing about his younger days.

For the Anniversary of My Death

In ‘For the Anniversary of My Death,’ Merwin talks about his impending death. Interestingly, he observes a day each year as his probable death anniversary.

For the Anniversary of My Death by W.S. Merwin Visual Representation

Separation

‘Separation’ by W. S. Merwin is about what it feels like to be absent from someone you love. The poem uses a clever simile to depict these emotions. 

Separation by W. S. Merwin Visual Representation

Yesterday

In ‘Yesterday,’ Merwin presents the conversation between two individuals regarding their last meeting with their fathers. This interesting conversation centers on the irony of human relationships.

Yesterday by W. S. Merwin Visual Representation