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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 ***** world - ***** ***** 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 *****, as his immediate observations are taken up ***** nature; he is clearly more interested in ***** twilight on the gr*****s than he is ***** ***** *****, and the rest ***** the ***** will be taken up with evocations of nature, the "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 l*****e of the short *****.

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

They have come gladly out of the willows

To welcome my friend ***** me.

We step over the barbed wire in***** the pasture

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

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

The poet goes on to describe the *****' happiness upon making contact ***** their human visitors: "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 c*****arly love one another, as the poet asserts, then why are they simultaneously lonely?

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

The 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 has walked ***** to me

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

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

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