In several pieces, these are represented as creatures whose loyalty is beyond reproach.
The author states this is one of the most important ingredients in a human being's life.
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.
This is the carrier of ideas, the transporter of thought and experience and memory.
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.
These periods of great transformation prompt a set of human emotions that correspond to the physical changes evident in Nature.
These are often used by Mary Oliver as examples of human behavior and/or characteristics and are given an especially privileged place in this...
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