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W. S. Merwin
Born (1927-09-30)September 30, 1927
New York City
Died March 15, 2019(2019-03-15) (aged 91)
Haiku, Hawaii
Occupation Poet
Nationality American
Education Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA 1944; Princeton University (attended)
Period 1952–2019
Genre Poetry, prose, translation
Notable awards PEN Translation Prize
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1971, 2009
Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Tanning Prize
National Book Award
United States Poet Laureate
Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award
Spouse Dorothy Jeanne Ferry
Dido Milroy
Paula Dunaway (1983–2017)

William Stanley Merwin (September 30, 1927 – March 15, 2019) was an American poet. He was mainly active during the anti-Vietnam War era. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in both 1971 and 2009), the National Book Award for Poetry (2005) and the Tanning Prize, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings.

In 2010, the Library of Congress named Merwin the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate to replace the outgoing Kay Ryan.

Merwin died at his home in Haiku, Hawaii on March 15, 2019 from a heart attack, aged 91.

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