How to Preserve Nature through Poetry: Ecopoetry of W. S. Merwin

Tae Jun Cha

Abstract

This study aims to deconstruct W. S. Merwin's poetry through the lenses of ecopoetry and ecopoetics. By analyzing how specific poems of W. S. Merwin has poetically manifested the situations of the natural and environmental situations, the study aims to prove that preservation of endangered species and other societal impacts can become the outcome and output of poetry that embraces the preservation of nature and environment. The study looks at various aspects of Merwin's poetry that can be described as ecopoetic and ecocritical. Next, the study relates the various poetics of Merwin's poetry with actual environmental acts and situations that have taken place. By observing how these two variables, ecopoetics and the actual environment, the study aims to prove the importance of ecopoetry in not only the realms of literature but also in real life situations.

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International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences

The International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences (IJELS) is a bimonthly, doubl... see more