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Introduction & Overview of Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter by Robert Bly

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Introduction

"Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter" appears in Robert Bly's 1962 collection of poems, Silence in the Snowy Fields. Like many of Bly's poems, it is short—only five lines. It appears midway through the second section of the collection titled "Awakening." The first section is "Eleven Poems of Solitude," and the last section is "Silence on the Roads." Bly, who was born and has lived most of his life in rural Minnesota, describes driving to town on a cold and snowy night to mail a letter and recounts the revelation he has during the event. It's easy to see why Bly placed it in the "Awakenings" section, as it details the speaker's sudden recognition of how the meaningful can be found in the mundane. Like many of Bly's poems, "Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter" is quite accessible. It uses a few well-placed and well-drawn images to evoke the feelings of solitude and wonder from the natural world, and it contains the kind of "leaping image" for which Bly's poetry has been celebrated, and criticized. There are other poems for which Bly is better known, but "Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter" is significant because it is typical of the kind of poems Bly wrote during the early 1960s.

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