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Dartmouth Commencement 2003

Posted 06/08/03

Honorary degree citation to W.S. Merwin (Doctor of Letters)
W.S. Merwin

From your first book of poems in 1952, selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, to your most recent work, you have demonstrated the magic of language. As translator and essayist, surely, and as poet, emphatically, you have quietly challenged our minds and inspired our hearts. Your books and other publications, the awards and recognitions all attest to your impact.

You have a poet's ear for the sound of words, the scholar's understanding of their meaning, and the passionate activist's recognition of their impact and consequences. From your work to safeguard the natural landscape of your Maui home, to your translation of Dante and your writings on the exploits of Sir Gawain, you have protected and passed on so much of our shared legacy. And by your own poetry you have expanded that legacy.

This fellowship is now the stronger as a result of your good and distinguished company. Dartmouth is honored to salute you as Doctor of Letters.

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