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Wallace Stevens

1879-1955 ,  American poet
Wallace StevensAmerican poet whose work explores the interaction of reality and what man can make of reality in his mind. It was not until late in life that Stevens was read at all widely or recognized as a major poet.

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Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.

Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.

Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.

It is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.

A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.

I am what is around me.

I certainly do not exist from nine to six, when I am at the office.

In the presence of extraordinary actuality, consciousness takes the place of imagination.

God and the imagination are one.

It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur

It is never the thing but the version of the thing.

A change of style is a change of meaning.

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.

Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.

The poet is the priest of the invisible.

If some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism.

Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.

Quotes in Verse

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.

Throw away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.

The way through the world
Is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.

The poem must resist the intelligence
Almost successfully.

A violent order is disorder; and a great disorder is an order.
These two things are one.

A poem is a meteor.

The imagination is man's power over nature.

After the final no, there comes a yes,
and on that yes the future world depends

Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof.


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