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Sleeping In The Forest Analysis

Author: poem of Mary Oliver Type: poem Views: 7

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I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.


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"I had vanished at least a dozen times/ into something better" is not a dying statement. Mary Oliver is telling the reader nature calms and change her in a positive way. She goes into the forest with a bad mood, but the nature, the forest calms her. The nature changes and encourage her to be a better self. The nature felt connected to her calming her.

| Posted on 2018-02-28 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2018-01-29 | by a guest

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This is really a great poetry . I think that this poetry is talking about living in forest that you are forgeten and no one remembers your , but you have intersting time in the nature.The last stanza is speaking about death . Maybe it speakes the afterlife as she is dreaming about what would happen to hear in the future .she dreams that after this night she die or vanished the next day .

| Posted on 2017-10-09 | by a guest

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I think this poem is Mary Oliver trying to get closer to nature like she used to. In the last sentence, "by morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better," which may mean that she was camping outside then had at least a dozen dreams.

| Posted on 2016-03-17 | by a guest

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So if this poem is about the after life, what does the sentence "i rose and fell" mean?

| Posted on 2014-10-19 | by a guest

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BTW the message underneath me was by Jasmine:P :) :p

| Posted on 2013-03-12 | by a guest

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Do you know what the last line means?It\'s kind of for homework and I don\'t get it. I also took a typing class so I am good at typing. The school made us do it though and I got a high B average:(

| Posted on 2013-03-12 | by a guest

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I think that this poem is really talking about death and what the \"afterlife\" is like. She says the earth welcomes her back, like she was there like before she was born. The earth is described as very nurturing and much like a mother (mother earth, a derp a derp). The so-called after life is seemingly very peaceful, with nothing but her thoughts and the \"kingdom\" around her. As the narrator goes along, it just gets better and better. Also, after looking at this poem again, I\'m rethinking what I thought about the narrator dying, and I\'m starting to notice it\'s more like a dream. So whatever makes sense to you!

| Posted on 2011-09-23 | by a guest

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