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Lying in a Hammock at William Duffys Farm in Pine Island Minnesota Over my head I see the bronze butterfly Blowing like a leaf in green shadow Down the ravine behind the empty house Into the distances of the afternoon In a field of sunlight between two pines The droppings of last years horses I lean back as the evening darkens and comes on A chicken hawk floats over looking for home The poem Lying in a Hammock at William Duffys Farm in Pine Island Minnesota by James Wright expresses the value of a persons life The author uses metaphors to link the poem together into showing the importance of life The vivid descriptions of what the character sees link to the metaphors and show how the character feels about his life so farThe first three lines of the poem introduce the reader into the characters mind He seems to be enjoying himself by staring at the natural beauty of the scene The character notices the bronze butterfly and the cows In the next lines The cowbells follow one another Into the distances of the afternoon the cowbells are used to show the transition of the day The passing of the day is spent lying in the hammock doing nothing but staring at natureTo my right In a field of sunlight between two pines The droppings of last years horses Blaze up into golden stones These lines are very significant to the poem When a person thinks of droppings they may think of filth and the insignificance in its existence However when the author refers to these droppings as last years droppings the meaning changes completely The droppings can be seen as life bland of smell because of their age The character may seem to think his life is rather lifeless as if he has been wasting time doing nothing The horses can be seen as a metaphor for time with
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