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The Summer Day Analysis

Author: poem of Mary Oliver Type: poem Views: 18

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Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean--

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down--

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?


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this poem is about living life to the fullest and has a pretty good meaning...
though my AP English project on it is STRESSING me out! This is why I will never be a poet, because I don't want to be responsible for the suffering of students.

| Posted on 2015-12-14 | by a guest

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Its about the power of nature in the smaller natural things that we take for granted in life. It shows a tranquile atmosphere that is reflecting on how life is given and taken away. Its unexpected and full of surprises that is complicated

| Posted on 2015-05-03 | by a guest

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Mary Oliver is showing us how wonderful the world is when you are paying attention to the small details. Life is short, but made richer and more meaningful when a person soaks in all the things that can be seen, touched, and felt. We don't know what happens after this one life we have, so soak it all in while you can. The moments are longer when attention is paid to them. Buddhists call this "mindfulness," a state of active, open attention on the present.

| Posted on 2013-12-09 | by a guest

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this poem is a metaphor to life and to man kind. It conveys that life is precious therefore we must live to the fullest, also that a grasshopper is like a human. This grasshopper shows us that each human is unique. The geasshopper is elegant by floating away but also violent by snapping its wings. Then the grasshoppper is mysterious with its loarg eyes and appreciates nature like we should .
cayanne chachati

| Posted on 2012-11-21 | by a guest

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i think its about a girl who the writter had lost because she died LOL! well basically i am revising for my English lit exam tomorrow and i am practicing on past papers well clearly i am going to FAIL EPICALY! :/ oppps ma bad :L

| Posted on 2012-05-21 | by a guest

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Umm..mate? Have yu actually READ the poem?
Or are you just plain thick?

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest

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somebody questioning the conventional ways of practicing religion?

| Posted on 2011-04-13 | by a guest

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well i just did a English lit exam and this is the poem i got. I interpreted it as live life to the full and make the most of our life because it is precious. i thought the description of the grasshopper was a metaphor of how life is spontaneous. i also said that the poem doesn\'t have rhyme this could symbolise life not following a pattern.
and the rhetorical questions at the beginning could either symbolize the beginning and end of the poem, and how short life can be or life and death.

| Posted on 2010-12-02 | by a guest

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appreciating and showing respect to the smallest of God\'s creatures is praying as much as kneeling in prayer or praying at a church. and we should spend our whole lives appreciating nature as this will please God as much as praying in other ways

| Posted on 2010-10-13 | by a guest

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this poem is not by a \"stupid athiest\" who doesn\'t believe in God. My interpretation of it is that they really want to know how to understand how to worship God and learn to appreciate the little things in life and have ambition to achieve goals or pursue dreams.

| Posted on 2010-10-04 | by a guest

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this poem is about stupid athiestss who need to start believing there is a god durr

| Posted on 2010-05-25 | by a guest

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