Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio Summary & Study Guide

James Wright
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It is not unusual for Wright to begin his poems with simple statements indicating place or person so that the reader knows exactly where or who the speaker is. (His poem "At the Executed Murderer's Grave" begins: "My name is James Wright, and I was born / Twenty-five miles from this infected grave / In Martins Ferry, Ohio....") It is also not unusual for the poet to use real-life places and people in his more autobiographical poems, and that is the case here. In 1924, Martins Ferry High School was dedicated as the Charles R. Shreve School, and that was its name when Wright attended high school there in the early 1940s. The key to this opening line, however, is not just his mention of the school itself, but the football stadium in particular. As the rest of the poem will indicate, Wright sees football as a violent game that...

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