Despite the pathetic fallacies and some jolting images, the reader is abruptly handed a line that caps this poem with the signature image, one that springs into the mind leaving it stunned by beauty: Again assigning human emotion to the animals, the speaker asserts that the animals "can hardly contain their happiness" that the two men have come to visit them.
Furthermore, the horses are enclosed in "barbed wire"; the poet and his friend must transgress an unnatural boundary to enter into the natural setting. And James Wright has already honored and validated those moments for you by explaining how it feels to break into blossom.
His imagination transforms the field adjacent to the road into a "pasture" 7 that comes alive with organic forces. Sometimes things are hard to explain because the subject involves complicated information.
In "A Blessing," James Wright begins by telling a simple story about a couple of ponies. Simultaneously, their sensuous rapport prepares us for his exultant rejuvenation and self-affirmation.
The speaker first sets the stage, remarking that the place of his encounter is near the town of Rochester, Minnesota, "just off the highway. And can a pony, or any animal, have kindness in their eyes? Meeting the Ponies They have come gladly out of the willows To welcome my friend and me.
Not "at home" in the universe, fallen mankind is the only creature stricken with awareness of his own aloneness. He died in New York City on March 25, His poetry often deals with the disenfranchised, or the American outsider.
The poet is a white man crossing the ultimate symbol of usurpation of Indian lands and crucifactory emblem of ownership, the barbed wire fence, hoping to re-encounter, regain? The speaker projects human qualities onto the ponies, suggesting that these two are in love, yet uniquely lonely.
Note that the first fourteen lines, made up of unrhymed couplets, create an aura that is gentle and feminine in character. The encounter between the poet and nature must take place "just off" that highway, to amplify the gulf between man and nature.
I think That if I stepped out of my body I would break Into blossom.
The event seems to be a chance occurrence in which a motorist simply stops to pet some ponies, allured by their beauty in the pasture.
Whilst essentially a poem of transformation and transcendence through communion with nature, the epiphany arriving at the end, A Blessing is built on a series of opposing elements: We got out and walked over to them. Spiritual regeneration and enablement awakening the mind to a new mode of consciousness has a distinctly Wordsworthian quality.
This transformation had not come by accident, as Wright had been working for years with his friend Robert Blycollaborating on the translation of world poets in the influential magazine The Fifties later The Sixties.
Though the overall mood of "A Blessing" is one of reverential awe and "happiness," a current of longing and "loneliness" in the poem hints that this gift of momentary joy is all too rare.
They have come gladly out of the willows To welcome my friend and me.A Blessing by James Arlington mi-centre.com off the highway to Rochester Minnesota Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass. And the eyes of those two Indian ponies Darken with kindness.
Page/5(20). James Wright composes “A Blessing,” by introducing a narrator who recalls a memory about an experience he had with a friend on a trip around Rochester, Minnesota.
On this trip, the narrator and his friend encounter two Indian ponies, one of which appears to make a pronounced impact on the narrator.
Commentary. James Wright's "A Blessing" paints a portrait of the human heart warmed and inspired by an encounter with nature—two Indian ponies in a pasture. "A Blessing" is perhaps James Wright's best known poem.
It certainly embodies his greatest strength: the poet evoking nature as an inroad to the metaphysical or numinous.
Wright is, in general and in this poem in particular, a poet of epiphany in the grand Yeatsian tradition. James Wright was frequently referred to as one of America's finest contemporary poets.
He was admired by critics and fellow poets alike for his willingness and ability to experiment with language and style, as well as for his thematic concerns.
On December 13,James Arlington Wright was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His father worked for fifty years at a glass factory, and his mother left school at fourteen to work in a laundry; neither attended school beyond the eighth grade.Download