Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Poem of the Day: "A Message from the Wanderer" by William E. Stafford, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for July 15, 2014 is "A Message from the Wanderer" by William E. Stafford, Poet of the Month.  In addition to the reviews this month, Mr. Stafford's work has been reviewed previously here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/04/poem-of-day-once-in-40s-by-william.html, where a brief biography and references may be found.  The text of "A Message from the Wanderer" as well as an audio recording of Mr. Stafford reading the poem may be found here:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237526.

In "A Message from the Wanderer," Mr. Stafford used the conceit of an (at first) unseen antelope as a metaphor for all the beauty and wonder in the world that we tend to overlook, distracted as we are by our work-a-day lives.  The poem is a call to freedom made by the poet to the reader.  It is a message that most of us need to hear, and, more importantly, heed.


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