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My favorite poem out of the ones assigned to us was James Wright’s “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.”  Perhaps my favorite element of the poem was the author’s use of colors.  There is a clear division in the two color schemes used: there is a theme of dark colors, as well as warm colors.  They are indicative of the two contrasting themes in the poem: the poem depicts a peaceful sunset, but, in the final line, the speaker also expresses the realization that he has wasted his life.  Using phrases such as “bronze butterfly” and “golden stones” emote warmth and peace, while “dark trunk” and “green shadow” seem to foreshadow the dark realization at the end of the poem.

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