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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

- Mary Oliver
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“White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field” by Mary Oliver

Contemplating the choice of ecstatic surrender at the moment of death

Mary Oliver is a contemporary anglophone poet beloved by many for her universally resonant contemplations drawing on metaphors from the natural world. Many of her poems are suffused with humbleness, gratitude, and wonder, placing death at the center of a … Continue reading

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“A lifetime’s not enough for the beauty of this world.”

- Mary Oliver
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Starting Anew

The role of realizations in Mary Oliver's "When Death Comes"

They say the best revenge is living well, and in Mary Oliver’s “When Death Comes,” this is exactly the attitude the poet takes—against death itself. Oliver has an antagonistic view of death, comparing it to a “hungry bear in autumn” … Continue reading

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