Who is a good poet that writes about the environment?



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    Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets and a lot of his work revolves around themes of nature.  Some of his environmental/nature poems are Birches, Dust of Snow, Fire and Ice, Nothing Gold can Stay, Once by the Ocean, and The Cow in Apple Time.  Although his poems make use of nature, the imagery and symbolism of the environmentalism themes usually comment on underlying topics and issues.  Frost does so as he mixes the beauty of nature with the beauty of language.  

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    W.S. Merwin is an extremely accomplished poet that is known for his environmental activism.  He has written more than 30 books of poetry, translation, and prose and wasrecently announced as the 17th US poet laureate by the Library of Congress.  According to The Poetry Foundation, a reoccurring theme in Merwin’s work is man’s separation from nature.

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    While he doesn’t write only about the environment, a poet I quite like is William Blake. One of his most famous poems, Tiger is indeed about the environment (or at least a species within it). It is as follows:

    TIGER, tiger, burning bright  
    In the forests of the night,  
    What immortal hand or eye  
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?  
    In what distant deeps or skies          5
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?  
    On what wings dare he aspire?  
    What the hand dare seize the fire?  
    And what shoulder and what art  
    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?   10
    And when thy heart began to beat,  
    What dread hand and what dread feet?  
    What the hammer? what the chain?  
    In what furnace was thy brain?  
    What the anvil? What dread grasp   15
    Dare its deadly terrors clasp?  
    When the stars threw down their spears,  
    And water’d heaven with their tears,  
    Did He smile His work to see?  
    Did He who made the lamb make thee?   20
    Tiger, tiger, burning bright  
    In the forests of the night,  
    What immortal hand or eye  
    Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
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