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 - 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 that ***** poet has left the world of human civilization behind, as his immediate observations are taken up with nature; he is clearly more interested in the twilight on the grass than he is ***** ***** *****, ***** the rest of the ***** will be taken up with evocations of nature, the "here and 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 of the short *****.

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

They have come gladly out of ***** willows

To welcome my ***** and me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And nuzzled my left h*****.

In many ways, t*****e second ***** ***** the poem solves ***** *****stery of the


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