Perhaps nothing is more widely know than the Love Trope —the joys of seeing a crush, the thrill of a first date, the contentment ones feel being able to cuddle up next to someone while falling asleep.
But behind this trope, as Mary Oliver’s new poetry collection Felicity revels, is the real joy of connecting with another human being as you fall in love.
And her work is as empathetic, making you feel the joy of falling in love all over again as it is thought-provoking, musing on what it means to love another person and how deep the paths inside the human heart run.
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Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver writes poems about the intersection between humanity and the natural world. Oliver studied at both Ohio State University and Vassar College but wound up with no degree. However, at the age of 28 she published her first poetry book called No Voyage and Other Poems in 1963. Over the course of her long career, Oliver has not only received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984 but also won the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems.
Aside from exploring the intersection between humans and how we see nature, Oliver’s work also looks at how human consciousness and our ability to craft languages often fails us when we interact with the natural word. Her poetry has often been compared to authors such as Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, and Oliver’s long-time friend Edna St. Vincent, who have all written about their healthy love for the natural world.
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