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In "A Blessing" by James Wright, how does the author use diction to support his theme and his tone?

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A Blessing” by James Wright comes from an actual experience of the poet.  He and a fried were driving down the highway in Minnesota and passed a field where two ponies were standing. The beauty of the moment impressed Wright; and he returned to the field, got out, and went to the fence containing the horses.  The poem reflects his impressions and feelings in the encounter with the animals.

Diction in a literary work refers to the vocabulary choice, the imagery provided, and the ordinary or unusual context of the words. Diction is especially important to imagery poetry since it is the words that provide the pictures and sounds reflected by the reader. 

Every image in the poem speaks beauty.  The poet’s vocabulary provides the perfect image to visualize the horse encounter.


Twilight [The early evening] bounds [leaps] softly [quietly] out on the grass [the fields].

They [the ponies] have come gladly [eagerly] out of the willows [trees]


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