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James Wright's "A Blessing" is a poem that celebrates the wonders of nature, particularly the animal world, and expresses the poet's strong desire to become one with that world - to ***** extent *****, at least momentarily, leaving the human world behind.

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

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

They have come gladly out of ***** *****ows

To welcome my ***** and me.

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

***** they ***** been grazing all day, al*****.

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

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

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

It seems that this question finds its answer in the following line: "At ho***** once more..." As the ponies certainly have not gone anywhere, ***** ***** reason why they are now "at *****me," whereas before they were not, is because their ***** ***** ********** 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 *****," to quote Wright - theirs, in other words, is a peculiar k*****d of loneliness that exceeds the human definition of *****.

***** second half of 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

***** nuzzled my left h*****.

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

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