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At 81, W.S. Merwin is counted as one of the nation's greatest living poets. Author of more than 50 books of his own poetry, translations of others, memoirs and more, Merwin's major prizes include the Pulitzer in 1970 for "The Carrier of Ladders" and the National Book Award for "Migration" in 2005. In his most recent writings Merwin exponds upon his love of the natural world and gardening while using really simple and bare writing. For more on how to incorporate this video into the classroom, check out the dicussion questions and guidelines also included in this Unit.


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