The Writer by Richard Wilbur Essay

There are two things in life one must understand in order to survive: One, it is better to give than to receive. Two, you cannot save people, you just have to learn to love them. Life is a beautiful horror film that we live everyday. With time, we as humans learn things we never knew, and forget things we once understood. We have this tendency to want to take control of EVERY situation, and sometimes ignore the fact that some things are completely out of our control. The say the as we age, we also gain wisdom, and while this is true, it is only true to an extent. In “The Writer” by Richard Wilbur, we are able to see the fact that life is a struggle that we cannot avoid, how easy it is to forget what it’s like to struggle, and what it is like to stand idly by while watching others go through times of turbulence.

In “The Writer” by Richard Wilbur, one is able to realize what the real battle in life is: watching the one that you love suffer, and having to stand idly by. Jane Nelson once provided the following statement, “The worst thing one can ever experience is watching someone drown and not being able to convince them that they can save themselves by just standing up.” In “The Writer”, we see this conclusion being made as the author compares his daughter to the trapped bird. Wilbur explains the story of a time that a bird had become trapped inside the room, but due to fear the bird possessed, Mr. Wilbur was unable to assist the bird in its escape, but rather forced to watch the suffering from a distance while hoping God has mercy. Mr. Wilbur describes the birds state as, “We watched the sleek, wild, dark and iridescent creature batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove to the hard floor, or the desktop, and wait t…

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…is race we call life: death.

“The power to cause pain is the only power that matters. The power to kill and destroy, because if you can’t kill, then you are subject to those who can. And nothing, and no one, will ever save you.” Enders Game. This evil power spoken of, is the power possessed by life. Richard Wilbur’s “The Writer”, is a prime example of what happens when life runs its course, is forgotten, and wins the race after tying your hands behind your back. Life plays dirty and consequently, some situations are out of our control, but the important thing is to never forget, because then in order to remember, one must have a rude awakening. As shown in “The Writer”, the only way to survive this masquerade of life, is to simply love, because you cannot save. So it’s up to you to realize, remember and try not to subconsciously write the end of your story…


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