American Primitive: Poems Themes

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Nature

Most of the poems in this collection of fifty poems at least mention the theme of nature. All but one take place in a natural setting. In "August", the blackberries hang in the woods, and the narrator spends all day eating them, the black honey of summer. In "Mushrooms", the rain and cool winds pull the mushrooms from the ground in the fall time. In "The Kitten", in amazement, the narrator takes the stillborn kitten from its mother's bed and gives it back peacefully to the earth from whence it came. In "Lightning", the lightning flashes like "quick lessons in creation".

"In the Pinewoods, Crows and Owl" tells of enmity between the crows and the owl. In "Moles", moles nothing during their brief, physical lives. Yet, their muzzles continually push against the earth, finding it delicious. "The Lost Children" is set in nature. In "The Bobcat", one night...

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