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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 - ***** the extent *****, at least momentarily, leaving ***** human world behind.

The poem begins with a fairly straightforward description of 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 ***** world of ***** civilization *****, as his immediate observations are taken up ***** nature; he is clearly more interested in the twilight on the grass than he ***** ***** ***** *****, and the rest of the ***** will be taken up w*****h evocations of nature, the "here ***** now," ra*****r 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 of the short *****.

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

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

To welcome my ***** ***** me.

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

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

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

***** 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."

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

It seems that this question finds its answer in the following line: "At ho***** once more..." As ***** ***** certainly have not gone anywhere, the ***** reason ***** they are now "at *****me," whereas be*****e they were not, is because their ***** human friends have come to visit them. The implic*****ion, then, is that the ponies, despite having one *****, will always be lonely *****out human companionship. This is why "there is no ***** like *****," to quote Wright - theirs, in other words, ***** a peculi*****r kind of lone*****ss that exceeds the human definition of loneliness.

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

would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she ***** walked ***** to me

And nuzzled my left h*****.

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


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