Mary Oliver’s Balancing Scale

After learning about not only Mary Oliver’s poetry but her life as well, it is evident that she tends to balance her thoughts with concepts at each end of the spectrum. Growing up in a challenging home, she balanced her difficult time at home with her peaceful time in the woods writing poetry. Furthermore, in her work, whenever she discusses the harsh reality of death, she often expresses ideas of hope and opportunities as well. In addition, after describing the darkness that envelops the world, Oliver highlights the light that is present, too, especially in her poem “Poppies.” As a result of her pattern of balancing the concepts in her writing, I am able to clearly picture a physical scale in nature that is balanced by the opposing notions.

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