Wendell Berry's Poem 'The Peace Of Wild Things'

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In Wendell Berry’s 1968 poem “The Peace of Wild Things” the speaker finds a solution to the anxieties he feels during a sleepless night by going outside to a quiet, peaceful place in nature, near a body of water. In the presence of wildlife, water, and stars, he feels restored to tranquility, his troubles dissolves in the great peace he experiences in nature. He shows a balance between nature and humans and shows how nature can play a vital role in healing our humanly spirts and souls. In “The Peace of Wild Things” The poet conveys an interpretation of what he likes to do when he feels his anxiety is about to kick in and finds a way to keep calm with nature. He describes having a fear for the world and what it may become for his children. He says, “When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be.” Perhaps his worries may be war, economics, and family issues but the only thing that seems to keep him in peace is nature. The poet makes it clear how deep this worry in his mind is, since he will wake up at …show more content…

In lines 10-12 Berry says, “And I feel above me the day-blind stars, waiting with their light. For a time, I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” In these three stanzas, he describes a feeling of freedom and rest by the stars that light up the sky. The poet explains about how getting out into the natural world cures him of the agitation and worry that he had been experiencing as he lays awake at home. He feels at peace now, and this is because he can sense and share in the way nature and its creatures live. There is peacefulness in nature because the animal kingdoms do not, unlike humans, have the capacity to worry about the future. And in fact, are emotionless and worry free. The author describes as nature being his stress reliever and something he can always lean on at the end of the

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  • Analyzes wendell berry's poem "the peace of wild things" in which the speaker finds a solution to his anxieties by going outside and experiencing peace in nature.
  • Analyzes the poet's interpretation of what he likes to do when his anxiety kicks in and finds a way to keep calm with nature.
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