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William Stanley Merwin, better known as William S. Merwin or W. S. Merwin, (September 30, 1927 in New York City, New York – March 15, 2019 in Haiku) was an American poet, one of the leaders of the revival of American poetry after World War II.
He is the author of about fifty works of poetry, translation and prose. His verses, written in an undistorted style, close to spoken language but characterized by a great lyricism, have influenced many American poets. William S. Merwin long divided his life between the United States and Lacam in France, where he owned a home. Several of his works have been translated into French. He lived in Hawaii and looked after a palm grove that has more than 850 species,
William S. Merwin has received numerous awards for his works, including the Pulitzer Prize (in 1971 and 2009), the Tanning Prize (one of the highest awards given by the American Academy of Poets), the Golden Crown of the Struga Festival (2005) and the first Zbigniew-Herbert International Poetry Prize (2013). In 2010, Merwin was named the seventeenth Poet Laureate of the United States.