Dogs - In several pieces, these are represented as creatures whose loyalty is beyond reproach.
Love - The author states this is one of the most important ingredients in a human being's life.
Birds - For the poet, these are marvels of creation whose free-wheeling flights remind her of the freedom of the soul when it is in its element.
Water - This is the carrier of ideas, the transporter of thought and experience and memory.
Aging - This is a natural part of the process of life and where Oliver is concerned, this is a concept which bears much careful observance and concentrated attention.
The Seasons - These periods of great transformation prompt a set of human emotions that correspond to the physical changes evident in Nature.
Flowers/Plants - These are often used by Mary Oliver as examples of human behavior and/or characteristics and...
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