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By Ralph J. Mills Jr.

ISBN-10: 0816603049

ISBN-13: 9780816603046

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The emphasis in the "Meditations" falls upon earthly possibility, the self's embrace of the entire horizon of existence open to it: The sun! The sun! And all we can become! And the time ripe for running to the moon! In the long fields, I leave my father's eye; And shake the secrets from my deepest bones; My spirit rises with the rising wind; I'm thick with leaves and tender as a dove, I take the liberties a short life permits — I seek my own meekness; I recover my tenderness by long looking. By midnight I love everything alive.

The sun came out; The lake turned green; Romped upon the goldy grass, Aged thirteen. " Such superior moments, with their pleasure in the beauty and variety of nature, look forward to some of Roethke's last poetry. Stanzas like the following from "I Cry, Love! " (which takes its title from William Blake's "Visions of the Daughters of Albion") prepare the way for the vision of life we find in "The Far Field" or "Meditations of an Old Woman": I hear the owls, the soft callers, coming down from the hemlocks.

Francis of Assisi, who would make a particularly appropriate patron saint for Roethke's poetry: Love, love, a lily's my care, She's sweeter than a tree. Loving, I use the air Most lovingly: I breathe; 35 RALPH J. MILLS, JR. Mad in the wind I wear Myself as I should be, All's even with the odd, My brother the vine is glad. Not only does this love result in a harmony with the cosmos but it accomplishes an internal balance too. The self that was, so to speak, divided against itself in many previous poems arrives at unity through another person, a woman who is frankly physical and sexual but is furthermore a creature of spiritual and mythological proportions.

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