By: Lauren Hose
Word Choice & Tone
On the other hand "Sleeping in the Forest's" message was a little more complicated. I think that the message Oliver was trying to show the difference between living and dying. In line 16-18 the poet says " By morning I had vanished at least a dozen time into something better. This really makes you think about if by something better meant she had gone to a better place or if her life was just in a better state now. Mary Oliver used very vivid word choice mixed with a serious tone to create the complicated meaning in these poems.
The poem "Sleeping in the Forest" on the other hand uses more similes and metaphors to help you "see" the poem better. In lines 5-7 the poet says "I slept as never before a stone on the riverbed." Those lines really allow me to see in my head a women asleep that is so one with nature that nothing could wake her.