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15. Poetry of Liberation

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  • Like Gary Snyder, James Wright seeks an alternative to modern, industrialized society, a sentiment fueled in part by his childhood in an Ohio factory town. He looks to nature as a refuge, as poems like "To the Evening Star: Central Minnesota" and "A Blessing" suggest. His work often shows glimpses of the transcendentalism characteristic of other poets in this unit. Ask your students to read the poems mentioned above and then write a prose description of the landscape evoked in the verse. Their versions will probably be longer than Wright's poems, so ask them how they came to their conclusions. As they share their work with their classmates, notice the different interpretations that arise.

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