Mary Oliver is an amazing american poet. She is the inventor of many courageous poems, one of those poems is “The Journey”. One main idea of this poems is to tell us to listen to hear to ourselves. Throughout the entire poem Mary implies that we need to follow our own destiny.
This poem uses Attitude, Figurative Language and Shift to create the theme stick to your journey and don’t give up.Mary made the attitude of this poem extremely serious. She did this by stating things like “…
determined to do the only thing you could do…
” This quote from the poem implies that it is a serious matter. The poem talks about a serious real path that she took in her own life. This impact in her life is what leaded her to tell us to not give up life has some bumps in the road, but you have to keep pushing. Personification is used in “The Journey” many times. One time that stands out boldly is “..
.through the wind pried with it’s stiff fingers and the very foundations…”In this quote the wind is given human qualities.
The wind has stiff fingers, but like everything in this poem, the wind is an obstacle in her life and she pushed through them. This tell us that we can push through it too. This is how Mary Oliver used figurative language to further create the theme.A shift in this poem by Mary Oliver occurs when she shifts from sad to determined. The first part of the poem is shown to be sad when Oliver writes “.
..though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried.” This shows some of the sadness around her. People crying for her to help them when she could not. The tone shifts to determined when she writes “But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do.
” She was then determined to do what she had to do implying you can’t give up stay persistent.All in all Mary Oliver uses Figurative Language, Attitude and Shift to create the theme stick to your journey and don’t give up. Her poem speaks to many and is very encouraging to be yourself and follow your dreams.