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About the Po29 - AboutthePoet Amysticsymbolist,mythmaker,,...

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About the Poet A mystic symbolist, mythmaker, and master of dense verse, poet William Stanley Merwin concerns  himself with America's isolation and rootlessness. Through careful compartmentalization, he reflects  on the future by absorbing himself with preliterate people, primal sources, pacifism, pollution, and the  themes of fragmentation, loss, and social and moral regression. His writing is never trivial. Elegant  and freighted with warning, his verse combines passionate focus, logic, and lyricism in a consistent  flow that engages as generously as it stymies and unnerves the unwary. A New Yorker born September 30, 1927, Merwin grew up in Union City, New Jersey, where he wrote  hymns at age five. When his family relocated to Scranton, Pennsylvania, he came to love landscapes  not yet strip-mined, fouled, and plundered, a focus of his despairing laments. At age 18, Merwin met  a poetic giant, Ezra Pound, whose eccentricity struck him as original and unshakable. The meeting 
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