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James Wright's "A Blessing" is a poem th*****t celebrates the wonders of nature, particularly the animal world, and expresses the poet's strong desire to become one with that world - ***** ***** extent of, at least momentarily, leaving the human world behind.

The poem begins with a fairly straightforward description ***** a c*****r ride: "Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota, / Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass." Right away, it becomes apparent ***** the poet has left the world of ***** civilization *****, as his immediate observations are taken up with nature; he is clearly more interested in the twilight on the grass than he is ***** the highway, and the rest ***** the poem will be taken up with evocations of nature, ***** "here ***** now," rather than the place from which ***** poem just came. This effectively gives the poem a feeling ***** placelessness, of being situated somewhere outside of time, where the only thing that truly matters is what happens in each l*****e ***** the short *****.

Upon arriving at this isolated stretch, a place that is never explicitly named, as the arrival immediately ***** r*****e to *****, the poet and his friend are met by two Indian ponies:

They have come gladly out of the **********

To welcome my friend and me.

We step over the barbed wire into ***** p*****ture

Where they have been grazing all day, alone.

***** stepping "over the barbed *****" and into the pasture, the poet ***** his friend are effectively leaving ***** human world behind - symbolized by the ***** wire, an industrially produced product ***** and into the wilds of nature - the pasture where the two Indian ponies graze.

The poet goes on to describe the *****' happiness upon making contact with their human visi*****rs: "They bow shyly as wet swans. ***** love each other. / There is no loneliness like theirs."

***** last line ***** particularly curious. For, if the ponies ***** one another for company, and clearly love ***** another, as the poet asserts, then why are they simultaneously lonely?

It seems that ***** question finds its answer in the following line: "At ho***** once *****..." As ***** ponies certainly have not gone anywhere, the ***** reason ***** they are now "at home," whereas before they were *****, is because their two ***** *****s have come to visit them. The implication, then, is that the ponies, despite having one *****, will always be ***** *****out human companionship. This is why "there is no lone*****ss like theirs," to quote Wright - *****, in other words, ***** a peculiar k*****d of loneliness ***** exceeds the ***** definition of loneliness.

***** second half ***** the poem is dedicated to the poet's desire ***** make physical contact with one of the ponies:

would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she has walked ***** to me

And nuzzled my left hand.

In many ways, the second half of the poem solves ***** mystery of the

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