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To a Waterfowl Summary & Analysis
by William Cullen Bryant

To a Waterfowl Summary & Analysis
by William Cullen Bryant

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"To a Waterfowl," by the American poet William Cullen Bryant, first appeared in a literary journal in 1818 before being published in Bryant's 1821 collection Poems. In the poem, a speaker watches a waterfowl fly across the sky and reflects on the similarity between the bird's long, lonely journey and the speaker's life. The bird's perilous flight also pushes the speaker to express faith in God, who, the poem argues, guides all creatures through difficult times. Bryant allegedly wrote the poem after seeing a bird in flight while walking in Cummington, Massachusetts, the town where he grew up.

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