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Poems which give joy

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Poems which give joy

By Kim Sun-ae

"My work is loving the world."

"Messenger," a poem by the American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019), begins like this. Like those words, Oliver passionately sings of love for the world. Particularly, she conveys a message of love for the natural world through her poetry. Her readers can feel the wonder the poet felt in nature.

In "Messenger," looking at the sunflowers, pastures and a hummingbird, Oliver says that her work is "mostly standing still and learning to be astonished" and "rejoicing." She knew that all the conditions for joy were there.

Oliver's poems are full of the birds, flowers and trees she met walking in the woods. In "When I Am Among the Trees," the poet........

© The Korea Times