W.S. Merwin 1927-2019



The great W.S. Merwin died on March 15 at the age of 91.  His best-known poem perhaps is 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 traveler

Like the beam of a lightless star….


but my favourite is still the haiku-like Dusk In Winter:

The sun sets in the cold without any friends

Without reproaches after all it has done for us

It goes down believing in nothing

When it is gone I hear the stream running after it

 It has brought its flute it is a long way


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9 thoughts on “W.S. Merwin 1927-2019

  1. Here is the New Yorker eulogy: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/postscript/the-final-prophecy-of-w-s-merwin?utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_031719&utm_medium=email&bxid=5bea10f724c17c6adf1c4e6f&user_id=17848534&esrc=&utm_term=TNY_Daily. He also wrote a poem titled, “Elegy,” in its entirety: “Who would I show it to” remarking (I guess?) on outliving everyone who read his poetry? He lived on a palm tree plantation in Hawaii for his last 40-some years.

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