The Swenson Era Essay

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How does one influence, change one’s opinion and raise questions with only the choice of words? May Swenson, one of the most recognized and creative poets out there, uses her word choice and crafts humorous, vivid imagery, and startling details into her poetry. Swenson’s poetry is filled with living words with fresh ways of describing her emotions or beliefs, and held together by a subtle but strong philosophical thread. Swenson packs a punch in her poetry that's never watered down, never less than rigorous and precise -- yet she never lets the reader see the intricate structure behind the brilliance of the image. There's always the sense of a fiercely intelligent spirit at play in her ...view middle of the document...

This poem tells how she viewed the waves, breeze and sounds of the crashing waves.
Swenson was the oldest out of ten children, she first enjoyed playing with her first three siblings but, after the arrival of the next three children, Swenson felt the need to be responsible so, took on the role from playmate to helper and big sister. She began assisting her mother with chores ranging from cooking to laundry. “As a child May spent much of her rare free time outside. Her brother Paul remembers the yard as being overgrown with flowers, berry brambles, and fruit trees that provided pollen for the bees kept by their father. Here, May observed nature, wrote in the journal she began to keep at a young age, daydreamed, and rode on her imaginary horse, Rob Roy.” (Cole 1). Her childhood is where she begins to be involved in nature and developing her skills of writing.
Swenson is generally seen as a poet who is only interested in nature. However, that is not true at all. She is also interested in the mysteries of the universe and science itself. Swenson does not believe in religious beliefs. “In a way, Swenson replaced her childhood religion with an interest in the visible world. Like a scientist, she seemed to notice the smallest details of the objects around her.” (2). Swenson originally belonged to the Mormon religion due to her parent’s influence but soon after she had uncertainty about the religion. This does not mean Swenson lacked religious content in her work. On the surface, the poem could be a simple narrative but, that might not be the case. Swenson felt the need to escape the influence of the church in which she was raised in (3). She may have not contained an organized religion in her poems, but she still spiritual content.
“Swenson is also known as a meticulous crafter of poems. She is most famous for her shaped poems, which she called “iconographs,” in which the actual shape of the poem on the page exemplifies or amplifies the poem’s subject matter, but all of her poetry exhibits her visual inventiveness” (Miller 1). Her iconographs changed how readers looked at poetry and also gave other poets ideas to...

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