The James Wright Festival Essay

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The James Wright Festival

The James Wright Festival

Part One
After reading the poem entitled "Youth", I felt that James Wright was not only describing
the life of his father but also the lives of the many other factory workers in the Ohio
Valley. Many of these workers had either dropped out of school or went straight to the
factories after high school, never really getting a chance to enjoy their lives as young
'''''adults. I think that has something to do with the title of this poem. It's clear that
Wright knew his father and the other men were not satisfied with their jobs and just chose
not to speak about it. These factory workers slaved away and then came home "quiet as the
evening" probably because they were content to just be relaxing at home with their
families. They knew that this was their way of life and they had to do it, even if they
had big dreams to someday get away. I think that Wright was also trying to make a point
that these men who worked so hard every day were not valued as much as they should have
been. These men did not have the education to get a higher paying job but they did have
the proper skills and knowledge to work in the factories. I like that James Wright
mentioned Sherwood Anderson in this poem as I enjoy his work. Anderson left his Ohio
hometown for Chicago to pursuit bigger and better things because he knew if he stayed in
the area, he would be unhappy. However, it is a little ironic that Anderson one day just
got up and left in the middle of writing and was said to have a mental breakdown.

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