Merwin speaks of being remote from Dante's theological views, but ascribes his devotion to "some authority of the imagination in the poetry. Such praise will come as no surprise to longtime readers of Merwin's own poetry, who will be familiar with his gifts of natural description. I was taught the word pasture as though it came from the Bible but I know it named something with a real sky. Purgatory is sufficiently similar, and his version as a whole constitutes a marriage, appropriately enough, made just shy of heaven.
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