What does the introduction do?
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Wright’s “A Blessing” demonstrates a flat, common portrayal of experience. The skill of the poem is its restraint in the rendering of action, and its sudden, climactic expansiveness at the end. The first 21 lines are essential because they allow the reader to share, verbally, the speaker’s experience. The care with which the landscape is drawn, the description of events in the present tense, the shift from what the ponies do to how the speaker is responding—all this gives an immediacy which sets the stage for the speaker’s concluding revelation. This revelation could not have been accomplished without the introduction.
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