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Title:
The pupil : poems
Author:
Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, 2002.

©2001
Physical Description:
91 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780375709647
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Hailed by Peter Davison in the Boston Sunday Globe as a poet who "engages the underground stream of our lives at depths that only two or three living poets can match," W. S. Merwin now gives us The Pupil , a volume of astonishing range and extraordinary beauty: a major literary event.

These are poems of great lyrical intensity, concerned with darkness and light, with the seasons, and with the passing of time across landscapes that are both vast and minutely imagined. They capture the spiritual anguish of our time; the bittersweet joys of vanishing wilderness; anger at our political wrong- doings; the sensuality that memory can engender. Here are remembrances of the poet's youth, lyrics on the loss of loved ones, echoes
from the surfaces of the natural world. Here, too, is the poet's sense of a larger mystery:

. . . we know
from the beginning that the darkness
is beyond us there is no explaining
the dark it is only the light
that we keep feeling a need to account for
--from "The Marfa Lights"

Passionate, rigorous, and quietly profound, The Pupil is an essential addition to the canon of contemporary American poetry--a book that finds W. S. Merwin's singularly resonant voice at the height of its power.


From the Hardcover edition.


Author Notes

Poet W. S. Merwin (William Stanley Merwin) was born on September 30, 1927 in New York City. He attended Princeton University. He has authored over fifteen books of poetry and some of those titles include "The River Sound" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), which was named a New York Times notable book of the year; "The Vixen" (1996), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; "The Carrier of Ladders" (1970), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and "A Mask for Janus" (1952), which was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Merwin won a second Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The Shadow of Sirius (published in 2008). He has also published books of translation, which include Dante's Purgatorio, numerous plays and books of prose.

Some of Merwin's honors include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Bollingen Prize, the Governor's Award for Literature of the State of Hawaii, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the first Tanning Prize and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. He also received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and a Ford Foundation Grant.

He is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and received a five-year term as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Excerpts

Excerpts

Prophecy At the end of the year the stars go out the air stops breathing and the Sibyl sings first she sings of the darkness she can see she sings on until she comes to the age without time and the dark she cannot see no one hears then as she goes on singing of all the white days that were brought to us one by one that turned to colors around us a light coming from far out in the eye where it begins before she can see it burns through the words that no one has believed The Comet Museum So the feeling comes afterward some of it may reach us only long afterward when the moment itself is beyond reckoning beyond time beyond memory as though it were not moving in heaven neither burning farther through any past nor ever to arrive again in time to be when it has gone the senses wake all through the day they wait for it here are pictures that someone took of what escaped us at the time only now can we remember From the Hardcover edition. Excerpted from The Pupil: Poems by W. S. Merwin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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