William Stanley Merwin

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William Stanley Merwin (born 30 September 1927 ) is an American poet. He made a name for himself as an anti-war poet during the 1960s. Later, he would evolve toward mythological themes and develop a unique prosody characterized by indirect narration and the absence of punctuation. In the 80s and 90s, Merwin's interest in Buddhist philosophy and dee ...
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For The Anniversary Of My Death
Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveller
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2.
December Night
The cold slope is standing in darkness
But the south of the trees is dry to the touch

The heavy limbs climb into the moonlight bearing feathers
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3.
My Friends
My friends without shields walk on the target

It is late the windows are breaking
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4.
Air
Naturally it is night.
Under the overturned lute with its
One string I am going my way
Which has a strange sound.
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5.
Before The Flood
Why did he promise me
that we would build ourselves
an ark all by ourselves
out in back of the house
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