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In James Wright's "A Blessing," how is his description revealing of his spiritual beliefs? What is described in the poem as a blessing?

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The "blessing" mentioned in the title of the poem could refer to a number of things.

First, the greeting the speaker and his friend bring to the Indian ponies is a kind of blessing, in that they have recognized them as beautiful and lonely and, in a way, kindred spirits.

Second, the gladness that "darkens" their eyes, and the way they "ripple" to show their happiness, suggests that the ponies recognize the men as friends. Their gratitude is a kind of blessing.

Third, the bond between the men and the horses is a kind of blessing. Wright's use of personification is subtle. The "love" the horses feel for each other, and their "loneliness," are examples of the poet empathically connecting with the animals. This imbues simple actions like nuzzling with a kind of spiritual depth.

And finally, the poem itself can be understood as Wright's blessing to the reader, or perhaps to the world itself. That is, the poem can be thought of as evidence of the spiritual connectedness of things, or as an...

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