Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder is an American writer who is best known for his poetry. But, he has also worked as an educator, translator, travel writer, and essayist. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award. He’s also known for his work as an environmental activist.

Hay for the Horses

Gary Snyder’s ‘Hay for the Horses’ records the activities such as bringing hay to the barn, storing them in order, and having lunch. This piece appears in Riprap & Cold Mountain Poems (1959).

Hay for the Horses

How Poetry Comes to Me

‘How Poetry Comes to Me’ by Gary Snyder is a thoughtful poem about receiving inspiration. The poet uses symbolism and other literary devices to depict poetic inspiration as an animal moving through the woods of his mind.

How Poetry Comes to Me

Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout

‘Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout’ by Gary Snyder is a beautiful two-stanza poem. In it, the speaker conveys descriptions from the top of Sourdough Mountain.

Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout

Milton by Firelight

Gary Snyder’s ‘Milton by Firelight’ is based on Satan’s comment in Paradise Lost and how it is relevant in the present time given the condition of the environment and humankind.

Milton by Firelight

Riprap

Gary Snyder’s ‘Riprap’ describes how the oddly beautiful order of nature is “a riprap of things,” set in order from time immemorial. This piece taps on the themes of metaphysics, nature, and language.

Riprap

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