Charles Altieri: On "The Room"

And even death itself not only calls us to the void but gives us a vantage point from which to view and sing of the processes which worship it. . . .

The bird sings both to and against death, and in his singing of his own mortality he gives us a model for a form of immortality once again within process.


Criticism Overview
Title Charles Altieri: On "The Room" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Cary Nelson, Ed Folsom Criticism Target W. S. Merwin
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 28 May 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication W.S. Merwin: Essays on the Poetry
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