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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 the extent *****, at least momentarily, leaving ***** 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 ***** the poet has left the world of human civilization behind, as his immediate observations are taken up ***** nature; he is clearly more interested in the twilight on the grass than he ***** ***** ***** highway, ***** the rest of the poem will be taken ***** w*****h evocations of nature, ***** "here and now," rather ***** 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 ***** 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 ***** *****ows

To welcome my friend and me.

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

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

***** *****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 ***** ***** ***** Indian ponies graze.

***** poet goes on to describe the *****' 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."

Th***** last line is particularly curious. For, if the ponies have one another for company, and clearly love ***** another, as the poet asserts, then 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 anywhere, the ***** reason ***** they are now "at *****," whereas be*****e they were *****, is because their two human friends have come to visit them. The implication, then, is that the ponies, despite having one another, will always be lonely *****out human companionship. This is why "there is no loneliness like *****," to quote Wright - theirs, in other words, is a peculi*****r kind of ***** that exceeds the ***** definition of loneliness.

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 ***** walked ***** to me

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

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


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