Kenyon writes quiet, thoughtful poems, frequently set in the home and community in New Hampshire that she shared with her husband, poet Donald Hall. She has the ability to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary. These are very visual poems, and color and light are often at their heart. The scents and sounds and physicality of the weather and the seasons are often the starting point for these poems.
I am not sure if you would call Jane Kenyon a “nature poet,” but there is certainly a lively sense of the natural world in many of her poems. Nature is never far from the poet’s thoughts, and her poems are equally at ease with its harshness as well as its comforts.
There is an edge of darkness running through many of the poems in this collection. They trace a path between sorrow and occasional joy. Kenyon always writes with a sense of redemption though, and her works are rarely without hope, even at their bleakest.
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