These Mary Oliver poems might change your life — they did for the creator of Anne with an E

Moira Walley-Beckett shares how Mary Oliver's poetry left a lifelong imprint on her.

Moira Walley-Beckett shares how Mary Oliver's poetry left a lifelong imprint on her

Moira Walley-Beckett and Amybeth McNulty on the set of Anne with an E. ( Iden Ford)

Anne with an E's extraordinary showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett has won multiple awards for her writing, including an Emmy Award for outstanding writing for the "Ozymandias" episode of Breaking Bad and a WGC award for her writing on Anne (which she also created and executive produces). But when she came by our CBC Arts studio in Toronto, it was to speak about how the work of another writer changed her life.

Watch the video:

Anne with an E's creator, showrunner and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett shares how American poet Mary Oliver changed her life. 2:13

In this video, Walley-Beckett reflects on how American poet Mary Oliver has influenced her own life and work, including Anne with an E. Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her fourth book, American Primitive, in 1984.

Walley-Beckett highlights two of Oliver's poems that were especially meaningful to her own life, "The Uses of Sorrow" and "The Summer Day," and shares how Oliver's work resonates in the character of Anne.

Amybeth McNulty stars in the series Anne with an E, executive produced and created by Moira Walley-Beckett. (Chris Reardon)

Anne with an E airs Sundays at 7pm (7:30NT) on CBC.

About the Author

Mercedes Grundy

Mercedes Grundy has been producing videos for CBC Arts and Exhibitionists since 2015. She is a unabashed Leonardo DiCaprio enthusiast with an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC. And while her love for the arts does not discriminate, she openly acknowledges she is a horrible dancer.