W. S. Merwin

(3309 words)
  • Edward Brunner (Southern Illinois University)

W. S. Merwin’s reputation as a poet was established early (his first book of poetry was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series when he was twenty-four), and sustained by numerous volumes of poetry appearing first from Atheneum publishers and then Alfred A. Knopf (two of the most prestigious New York houses), and then amplified by a variety of writings that, in recent years, have included the satirical prose poem, the family memoir, and the travel essay. Moreover, throughout a publishing career spanning more than a half-century, he has consistently won admiration for translations that include significant cultural epics (The Song of Roland, The Poem of the Cid, the “Purgatorio” of The …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Brunner, Edward. "W. S. Merwin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3094, accessed 26 September 2016.]