Essay - James Wright's 'A Blessing' is a Poem that Celebrates the...

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James Wright's "A Blessing" is a poem th*****t celebrates the wonders of nature, particularly ***** animal world, and expresses the poet's strong desire to become one with that world - ***** the 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 ***** the poet has left ***** world of ***** civilization behind, as his immediate observations are taken up w*****h nature; he is clearly more interested in the twilight on the grass than he ***** ***** the *****, ***** ***** rest ***** the poem will be taken up with evocations of nature, ***** "here and now," rather ***** the place from which ***** poem just came. This effectively gives the 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 *****.

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

They have come gladly out of the willows

To welcome my ***** and me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she ***** walked over to me

And nuzzled my left h*****.

In many ways, t*****e second half ***** the poem solves the mys*****ry of the


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