Merwin Paper - Whyte 1 Travis Whyte Mary Hart ENG. 1020-10...

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Whyte 1 Travis Whyte Mary Hart ENG. 1020-10 10 March 2008 Elements of Poetry in W.S Merwins “The River of Bees” Poetry is an outward expression of what is inside the author. It is influenced by everything around you, Nature, sound, smell, even touch and taste. In “The River of Bees” by W.S Merwin, he describes a dream he had about a man he saw walking in a courtyard near his house. There are countless amounts of elements of poetry spread out through the entire poem. His use of tone and voice, imagery and symbolism, and theme are hard to miss in this piece. Born in New York City in 1927, William Stanley Merwin started his life as a poet with his first poems being hymns written for his father, a Presbyterian minister. He went on to study Romance languages at Princeton University then to make his living in the 1950s as a translator in England, France & Spain. He has since moved to Hawaii where he has lived for 30 years, restoring his remote ranch to rainforest. (Holman)
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