Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better
Crystal Rivas March 24, 2010
Prof. Phyllis Read Re-submission
English 16- 1884
“The Storm,” by Mary Oliver, reveals the experience of a male dog enjoying the snow of a storm. The poem vividly brings to life the excitement and complete physical surrender that is between the dog and the white orchard. Oliver’s “The Storm” seems to emphasize the idea of physical pleasure as the dog burst into the snow with wild excitement.
Oliver’s “The Storm” expresses happiness and excitement over the simple things in life. The fourth line of the poem states “Running here running there, excited.” The dogs simple happiness of being free is understood as he is unable to stop for even a second. The fifth to sixth line states “Hardly able to stop, he leaps , he spins, in large, exuberant letters.” It emphasizes how happy the dog is. The dog is not only mentally enjoying the freedom he is feeling it, tasting it and taking full advantage of the perfection of it all. Oliver goes on to say “The pleasures of the body in this world.” The physical pleasure that is being expressed by the dog is the happiness of running freely within the Orchard and enjoys life even after a storm. In the final line, “Oh, I could not have said it better myself.” Oliver, no matter how many words she could use to try and describe the simple pleasures of life, it could never be as effective as the joy the dog revealed.
Mary Oliver’s “The Storm” poetically describes a dogs experience as he enjoys and completely surrenders himself to the simple things in life. He is free to truly move around and express himself. The dog enjoys the freedom and takes advantage of it as he plays within the Orchard and draws his happiness upon the snow using his body.