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.
|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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