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Silence in the Snowy Fields

Poems

Robert Bly

Publication Year: 2011

The poems of Robert Bly are rooted deep in the earth. Snow and sunshine, barns and cornfields and cars on the empty nighttime roads, abandoned Minnesota lakes and the mood of America now--these are his materials. He sees and talks clearly: he uses no rhetoric nor mannered striving for effect, but instead the simple statement that in nine lines can embody a mood, reveal a profound truth, illuminate in an important way the inward and hidden life. This is a poet of the modern world, thoroughly aware of the complexities of the moment but equally mindful of the great stream of life--all life--of which mankind is only a part.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

CONTENTS

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pp. 6-7

Eleven Poems of Solitude

THREE KINDS OF PLEASURES

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pp. 11-

RETURN TO SOLITUDE

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pp. 12-

WAKING FROM SLEEP

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pp. 13-

HUNTING PHEASANTS IN A CORNFIELD

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pp. 14-

SURPRISED BY EVENING

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pp. 15-

THINKING OF WALLACE STEVENS ON THE FIRST SNOWY DAY IN DECEMBER

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pp. 16-

SUNSET AT A LAKE

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pp. 17-

FALL

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pp. 18-

APPROACHING WINTER

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pp. 19-

DRIVING TOWARD THE LAC QUI PARLE RIVER

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pp. 20-

POEM IN THREE PARTS

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pp. 21-

Awakening

UNREST

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pp. 25-

AWAKENING

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pp. 26-

POEM AGAINST THE RICH

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pp. 27-

POEM AGAINST THE BRITISH

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pp. 28-

WHERE WE MUST LOOK FOR HELP

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pp. 29-

REMEMBERING IN OSLO THE OLD PICTURE OF THE MAGNA CARTA

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pp. 30-

SUMMER, 1960, MINNESOTA

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pp. 31-

WITH PALE WOMEN IN MARYLAND

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DRIVING THROUGH OHIO

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pp. 33-

AT THE FUNERAL OF GREAT-AUNT MARY

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pp. 34-

ON THE FERRY ACROSS CHESAPEAKE BAY

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pp. 35-

A MAN WRITES TO A PART OF HIMSELF

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pp. 36-

DEPRESSION

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pp. 37-

DRIVING TO TOWN LATE TO MAIL A LETTER

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pp. 38-

GETTING UP EARLY

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pp. 39-

A LATE SPRING DAY IN MY LIFE

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pp. 40-

LOVE POEM

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pp. 41-

"TAKING THE HANDS"

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pp. 42-

AFTERNOON SLEEP

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pp. 43-

IMAGES SUGGESTED BY MEDIEVAL MUSIC

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pp. 44-

SOLITUDE LATE AT NIGHT IN THE WOODS

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pp. 45-

WATERING THE HORSE

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pp. 46-

IN A TRAIN

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pp. 47-

Silence on the Roads

AFTER WORKING

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pp. 51-

THE CLEAR AIR OF OCTOBER

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pp. 52-

LAZINESS AND SILENCE

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pp. 53-

SEPTEMBER NIGHT WITH AN OLD HORSE

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pp. 54-

NIGHT

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pp. 55-

AFTER DRINKING ALL NIGHT WITH A FRIEND, WE GO OUT IN A BOAT AT DAWN TO SEE WHO CAN WRITE THE BEST POEM

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pp. 56-

OLD BOARDS

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pp. 57-

LATE AT NIGHT DURING A VISIT OF FRIENDS

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pp. 58-

SILENCE

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pp. 59-

SNOWFALL IN THE AFTERNOON

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pp. 60-


E-ISBN-13: 9780819571830
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819520159

Page Count: 60
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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