Merwin’s Engaged Poems

I decided to the first question for Monday’s homework assignment and I fell in love with Merwin’s poems. Although I do not think they really fit into the anthology, his appreciation of nature and description of it as well is stunningly beautiful. I did a little bit or research on him and discovered that he is a big fan of Henry David Thoreau which just put the icing on the cake for me. Merwin has done lots of protesting for the war throughout his lifetime and is an active participant in making changes. Since many of the poems in the anthology are about war and Merwin is such a participant, it made me wonder why he wrote simply about nature rather than about war? What do you guys think? Do you think it would be more effective for the book if it wrote about his experiences?

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