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

The poem begins with a fairly straightforward description ***** a car 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 ***** in ***** *****, and the rest of the ***** will be taken ***** with evocations of nature, ***** "here ***** now," rather than the place from which the 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 l*****e ***** the short poem.

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

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

To welcome my friend and me.

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

***** they have been grazing all day, alone.

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

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

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

It seems that th***** question finds its answer in ********** following line: "At ho***** once more..." As the ponies certainly have not gone anywhere, the only reason why they are now "at *****me," whereas be*****e they were not, is because their ***** human *****s have come to visit them. The implic*****ion, then, is that the ponies, despite having one another, will always be ***** without human companionship. This is why "there is no loneliness like *****," to quote Wright - theirs, in other words, is a peculi*****r k*****d of ***** that exceeds the ***** definition of loneliness.

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

would like ***** hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she has walked ***** to me

***** nuzzled my left hand.

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

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