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Lyndsey Lefebrve ENG125 6/16/2014

Reading Response To A Poem
The way a writer writes their poem and how they use all the literary forms, depends on how interesting a poem will be. For it to engage my interest, the poem needs to have some kind of meaning behind what he or she is writing. I love a good down to earth poem that has some kind of real life meaning to it. I can relate to the poem better. The poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver was a very inspirational poem. Oliver creatively uses imaginative language, emotion, symbolism, and romanticism which led to a very positive and upbeat tone in her poem. Throughout her poem, my main focus was on the positive and upbeat tones that the poem contained. By her use of symbolic and imaginative language in “Wild Geese”, the reader is opened to her underlying meaning behind her literary prose. Furthermore, the calm romantic tone of this poem raises positive emotions to rise up out of the moment, and invites us to further take a look at ourselves. She immediately engages the reader into considering the true meaning behind her choice of words. In lines one through five, the reader can envision being in a very noble place where rules are always followed. Mary Oliver (1986) noted that, “You do not have to be good.
”You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves” I think she is trying to say that you do not have to follow the rules of society by bowing down to others or to repent for being who you are. The poem is trying to let the readers know, it is o.k to be who you are without feeling guilty on how God created you. Oliver used the symbol of an animal, you should do what you love to do and not worry about having to say you are sorry. animals never have to apologize for being who God made them to be. In lines six and seven, she again uses emotion and romanticism to bring out the feeling of her readers. Oliver (1986) noted that, “Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on.”
She explains in her poem that we all have problems and yet the world will still keep on moving. God the never promised us an easy life. Life is hard and he would never give someone to deal with, if he knew he or she could not handle it. Once again she, on. God or the Creator never promised us an easy life. In lines eight through eleven, Oliver uses the symbols of nature once again to show us that animals are who they are and they can be just the way they were created. The elements in this poem did not really affect one aspect over the other. The whole poem to me was trying to say, that God created all of us as equals and that no one is better than someone else. We all should love our self just the way we were created and should not have to change, who we are just to please someone else. We are all the same just all shaped differently. Love who you are and other people will always love you are. Never try to be someone your not. This is my understanding of “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.

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