"Nature in Some of Stanley Kunitz's Poems"
Kawther Mahdi Al-Zwelef

This paper will deal with the employment of 'nature' in some selected poems written by the modern American poet Stanley Kunitz throughout his long life. The paper will review first the diverse old and modern approaches in which poets utilize and treat nature in their poetry. Although Stanley Kunitz was not a nature poet per se, but through his search for identity, he elaborated an intense mystical connection with the natural world that helped him find his true voice and poetic self. His lifelong fascination with gardening and the natural world instigated not only the rejuvenation of his spirit, but motivated , as well, one of the most unique themes of his poetry; that of the ritualistic process of "death and resurrection".

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