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Analysis and comments on The peace of wild things by Wendell Berry

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Comment 6 of 126, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 12:23 AM.

The line "I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief." made me think of a contrast of human nature vs wild animal/bird
nature. Humans will worry about today, tomorrow, and the future whereas,
animals deal with now and have no thought of more than immediate need. I
also thought about Berry's spiritual and biblical tendencies and recalled
scriptures in Matthew and Luke reminding us not to worry about how we will
be taken care of for we are worth more than birds and lilies which have
their needs taken care of.

Carla from United States
Comment 5 of 126, added on February 25th, 2006 at 10:35 AM.

Wild things do not tax thier lives with "thoughts" I'm not sure wild things
have thoughts. the poem itself is perhaps an attemt to enlighten us with
the knowledge we posess does not nessessiarily mean we poison our own peace
of mind with this great intelligence of ours.

Marcus from United States
Comment 4 of 126, added on January 28th, 2006 at 2:20 AM.

Line one on this poem is not "When despair grows in me" but is actually
"When despair for the world grows in me"

Cam from Canada
Comment 3 of 126, added on September 29th, 2005 at 9:34 AM.

This lovely poem was quoted on an episode of "ER", which I saw in re-reuns.
The poem was attributed to William Blake, but Google thankfully led me to
the correct author and the complete poem.

I don't care to analyze poetry; I only know when something touches me and
moves me, as this poem has. It says what I feel, when I am alone with
myself in a special wild-place to which I retreat when "despair for the
world grows in me."

Kathryn Klos from United States
Comment 2 of 126, added on April 28th, 2005 at 7:20 PM.

I found it amazing a respected poet wrote about his "happy place" Society
tells us we are crazy if we have a vivid imagination, if we go off into
lala land there is something wrong with us, heart attacks and strokes are
increasing with the rise of stressfull enviroments, maybe if we all visited
lala land every once in a while we would add a few more years to our lives.

Angela from United States
Comment 1 of 126, added on April 1st, 2005 at 12:23 PM.

How nice to find some of Wendell Berry's poetry here! This is the first of
his poems I ever read...years ago. I love the almost biblical feel of some
of the phrases:
"still water" and "For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am
free." If you haven't read Berry's poetry, novels, and essays, you should.
His deep love of the land and of those who form a community in it is
at the heart of all his work.

LK Marshall from United States

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Poet: Wendell Berry
Poem: The peace of wild things
Added: Mar 9 2005
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