Merwin is regarded as one of the greatest poets of the past half-century.
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W.S. Merwin continues to write poems.A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin is regarded as one of the greatest poets of the past half-century. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Merwin is a Presbyterian minister's son whose earliest memories of language include writing out his father's sermons.He was composing his own verse while still a boy and was class poet at Princeton University. His first collection, "A Mask for Janus," won the Yale Younger Poets prize in 1951 . By the end of the decade his friends and acquaintances included Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell. His style and subject matter would change profoundly, from the classical influences of his early poems to the anti-war themes of the 1960s to the more condensed and philosophical verse of recent years, influenced by his immersion in Buddhism. Some of the work in "Moon Before Morning" express gratitude.
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