Literary fans all over the world are in mourning on Thursday following the sad news that Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver has passed away. The beloved poet was 83-years-old at the time of her death.
Mary Oliver was one of the most well-respected poets in modern history, with her words impacting thousands around the world. She won several awards, including a highly-coveted Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award.
According to NPR, Oliver found much of her inspiration while taking regular long walks. She would often write about the connection between the natural and spiritual worlds.
One thing that set Mary Oliver apart from fellow poets was that she made her craft relatable. She never wanted to complicate her words, but rather would write in simple truths.
In the past, Oliver said, "Poetry, to be understood, must be clear. It mustn't be fancy. I have the feeling that a lot of poets writing now, they sort of tap dance through it. I always feel that whatever isn't necessary should not be in the poem."
Oliver's first collection, "No Voyage and Other Poems," was published in her late 20s. She often pulled inspiration from nature and from trials that she had experienced in life.
Ruth Franklin said that Mary Oliver would often include a sense of "deep spirituality" in her poems.
Franklin said, "The way she writes these poems that feel like prayers, she channels the voice of somebody who it seems might possibly have access to God. I think her work does give a sense of someone who is in tune with the deepest mysteries of the universe."
Sadly, Mary died at age 83 on Thursday. According to her literary executor, she passed away after battling lymphoma.
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