When was "The Journey" poem written?


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Mary Oliver���s poem ���The Journey��� was published in the collection "Dream Work" in 1986 by Atlantic Monthly Press. "Dream Work" is Mary Oliver���s sixth book of poetry, following her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1984 collection, "American Primitive."

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According to critic Alicia Ostriker, the collection signals the beginning of a thematic shift for the famed American poet from coping with the natural world toward coping with personal suffering. ���The Journey��� tells the psychological struggle of an individual who, having finally found the path to a better life, finds she must ignore both actual and metaphorical voices of doubt and learn to listen to herself.

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