Cary Nelson: On "The Room"

In "The Room" he writes of a frail survivor whose apparently approaching death is really the imprint of inexhaustible renewal. Of course one version of poetic renewal is reading. Thus "The Room" is also about our reading the poem. "I," therefore, is not only a poet speaking--the pronoun belongs equally to the reader, so "all this" is the text we contemplate. . . .Finality, for Merwin, is endlessly repeatable.

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Title Cary Nelson: On "The Room" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Cary Nelson Criticism Target W. S. Merwin
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 03 Jun 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication W.S. Merwin: Essays on the Poetry
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