William Stanley Merwin

(September 30, 1927 / New York / United States)

Quotations

  • ''The sea curling,
    Star-climbed, wind-combed, cumbered with itself still
    As at first it was, is the hand no yet contented
    Of the Creator. And he waits for the world to begin.''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Leviathan (l. 36-39). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''This is the black sea-brute bulling through wave-wrack,''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Leviathan (l. 1). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Your absence has gone through me
    Like thread through a needle.''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Separation (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''The ghosts of the villages trail in the sky
    Making a new twilight''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. The Asians Dying (l. 8-9). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Rain falls into the open eyes of the dead
    Again again with its pointless sound
    When the moon finds them they are the color of everything''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. The Asians Dying (l. 10-12). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Where he gets his spirits
    It's a mystery. But the stuff keeps him musical:''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. The Drunk in the Furnace (l. 15-16). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''all afternoon
    Their witless offspring flock like piped rats to its siren
    Crescendo, and agape on the crumbling ridge
    Stand in a row and learn.''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. The Drunk in the Furnace (l. 25-28). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
    When the last fires will wave to me''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. For the Anniversary of My Death (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Then I will no longer
    Find myself in life as in a strange garment''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. For the Anniversary of My Death (l. 6-7). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''who should moor at his edge
    And fare on afoot would find gates of no gardens,
    But the hill of dark underfoot diving,
    Closing overhead, the cold deep, and drowning.
    He is called Leviathan, and named for rolling,''
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Leviathan (l. 18-22). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.

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My Friends

My friends without shields walk on the target

It is late the windows are breaking

My friends without shoes leave
What they love
Grief moves among them as a fire among
Its bells
My friends without clocks turn

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