Mary Oliver

Rosemary Anne Lucas (Victoria University)
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The prolific writings of Mary Oliver – mainly poetry, but also some essays, memoir and guides to the writing of poetry – each in their different ways, exhort the reader to come and “drink” at the pond of the imagination, to experience an ecstatic and transformative relation with the natural world. Within Oliver’s poetic, it is a relation based particularly around the heightened experiences of looking at, of seeing and feeling one’s place within the perceivable world through a state of mindfulness which recognizes both the otherness of the external world, and the self’s fluid and inter-related connection to that world.

Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, September 10, 1935. She did attend both Ohio State University and Vassar College, but didn’t…

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Citation: Lucas, Rosemary Anne. "Mary Oliver". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3413, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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