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 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 the poet has left ***** world of human civilization *****, as his immediate observations are taken up ***** nature; he is clearly more interested in the twilight on the grass than he is ***** ***** *****, and the rest ***** the ***** will be taken up w*****h evocations of nature, ***** "here ***** now," rather than the place from which the poem just came. This effectively gives ***** 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 ***** is never explicitly named, as ***** arrival immediately ***** r*****e to description, the poet and his friend are met by two Indian ponies:

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

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

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

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

Upon *****ping "over the barbed wire" and into the pasture, the poet and his friend are effectively leaving the human world behind ***** symbolized by ***** barbed wire, an industrially produced product - and into the wilds ***** nature ***** the pasture where the ***** Indian ***** 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 loneliness 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, *****n why are they simultaneously lonely?

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

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

would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,

For she ***** walked over to me

And nuzzled my left hand.

In m***** ways, the second half ***** the poe***** solves ***** *****stery of the

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