Mary Oliver tends to reveal her inner world to the other people, expressing her thoughts in this poem. She describes all the smallest details while talking about the grasshopper, putting the universal meaning into it. She tells us how something small can suddenly disappear, leaving no significant trails behind, and only the big, global things will remain afterwards. She tells us about the way the life goes – from something small and unnoticeable to something big and definitely important.
The grasshopper theme cannot be left out during the analysis of the poem “The Summer Day”. We see the grasshopper and a small part of his life, spent on someone’s hand. We get a rich variety of the details, from the way the grasshopper looks to the way its jaws move, and it is finalized with the look of the grasshopper’s enormous eyes. Oliver describes the grasshopper so closely since this way the life can be shown, a big part of somebody’s life. The author is trying to bring us the message that life flows very fast and it can be over the next moment. Using the grasshopper as an example, Oliver proves that at one point of time we can have everything, and at another everything can be gone, nothing left.
Despite the poem lacks the rhyme, I liked it. There is nothing special about it from the first glance, but it is not true. In order to find out the true meaning of the poem, one should go reading it between the lines. “The Summer Day” makes us think over the sense of life, wonder if we do everything on time and if we can have all the things done before we leave this world. The poem allows to go beyond the borders of regular life, thinking about the nice summer day, relaxing, in spite of the part of the day and time of the day.
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