Mary Oliver Influences

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How do authors generate ideas when writing? Many authors shape their works by reflecting on occurrences in their lives. While some utilize positive occurrences, more often than not, poets incorporate unpleasant experiences in their compositions. Mary Oliver exhibits this technique by incorporating her tough childhood into her poetry. “…with words, I could build a world I could live in. I had a very dysfunctional family, and a very hard childhood. So I made a world out of words. And it was my salvation” (Shriver). As a result of her sufferings, Oliver also turned to nature for inspiration. Mary Oliver’s works focused on her observations in nature, which provided an escape from reality. Mary Oliver’s experiences in life profoundly influenced…show more content…
Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and Molly Malone Cooke, inspired and influenced Mary Oliver’s poetry. Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of the best-loved poets of the twentieth century. She was the first female awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923 for her collection, The Ballad of the Harp Weaver. “Millay was one of the few contemporary poets whose work stirred me deeply,” Oliver disclosed, as Millay’s lyrical style is evident in Oliver’s first book of poetry entitled, No Voyage and Other Poems. Millay’s poems were easy to read and her themes were universal. Nineteenth century writers, Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau were both admirers of nature. Their literary works mirrored their acute observations experiences in nature, which is something Oliver tries to emulate. (nature/ mind and spirit; universal existence – all elements and beings; Connectedness with the natural…show more content…
Oliver met Cook in the summer of 1959, at the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay. As a photographer, Cook shared the same attention to the world as Oliver. (They observed the same things through similar lenses) It has frequently been remarked, about my own writings, that I emphasize

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