Mary Oliver – Introductory Guide to Her Poetry

August 17, 2017



Introductory Guide to the Poems of
Mary Oliver
With Sample Poems

Compiled by Madeline Cramer



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0871130696″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”105″]Attention

A prominent theme within Mary Oliver’s work is that of “attention.” As she says when interviewed by NPR’s Krista Tippet for the podcast On Being, “Attention is the beginning of devotion”- a process which she associates with stillness and empathy. Although it’s “easier to say than explain,” two of her most iconic poems “The Summer Day” ([easyazon_link identifier=”0807068845″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Truro Bear and Other Adventures[/easyazon_link]) and “Wild Geese” (Dream Work) doubtlessly embody it.

Listen to Mary Oliver reading “Wild Geese” aloud…



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IMAGE CREDIT: Molly Malone Cook, from the cover of [easyazon_link identifier=”0807068772″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]New and Selected Poems, Volume One[/easyazon_link]