Merwin won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1970 work, The Carriers of Ladders. His books include The Song of Roland, The Compass Flower, Miner's Pale Children, Houses and Travellers, and The Rain in the Trees. Many of his poems concern the beauty of the natural world and the consequences of man's desecration of it. (Rebroadcast)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin writes about nature and environmental issues. He tells Fresh Air host Terry Gross about growing up, what drives him to write and his ecological advocacy. Merwin lives in Hawaii with his wife.