Beginning

By James Wright

Created By Kobe Fayssa

Beginning By James Wright

The moon drops one or two feathers into the field.

The dark wheat listens.

Be still.

Now.

There they are, the moon's young, trying

Their wings.

Between trees, a slender woman lifts up the lovely shadow

Of her face, and now she steps into the air, now she is gone

Wholly, into the air.

I stand alone by an elder tree, I do not dare breathe

Or move.

I listen.

The wheat leans back toward its own darkness,

And I lean toward mine.

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Poem Explanation

Beginning by James Wright is a symbolic poem that represents the beginning of a love life. He hides the true words with a mixture of symbolic meanings and then reveals the poems meaning in mid-stanza. In the poems meaning he speaks of seeing true love at first sight. The line that best translates the meaning of the poem is

"Between trees, a slender woman lifts up the lovely shadow

Of her face, and now she steps into the air, now she is gone".

Poem Theme

The Poem brings a dark gloomy mood to add a twist to a love poem so to speak the dark theme adds a sense of character to the poem making it more dramatic.


You can see the theme in the video below

Beginning By: James Wright

About James Wright

James Wright was born in a town called Martians Ferry in Ohio. He was enrolled within the military for World War 2. After his short stint in the military Wright pursued a higher education including Kenyon college and university of Washington, , University of New York and Buffalo. He passed due to cancer in 1980.
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