Wallace Stevens

(October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Disillusionment Of Ten O'Clock - Poem by Wallace Stevens

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches Tigers
In red weather.


Comments about Disillusionment Of Ten O'Clock by Wallace Stevens

  • tom billsborough (11/26/2017 11:36:00 AM)

    What a fine description of disillusionment by one of USA's greatest ever poets. Dreams cocooned in a white world.
    Magnificent technical quality especially in the last four lines.
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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (11/26/2017 10:58:00 AM)

    None are green,
    Or purple with green rings,
    Or green with yellow rings,
    Or yellow with blue rings.
    None of them are strange
    Beautiful description of disillusionment.
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (11/26/2017 8:29:00 AM)

    Gloomy moments of life don’t offer rainbow of colors. Wallace’s imagination brings beauty to some some such moments. A super read. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (11/26/2017 5:17:00 AM)

    Haunted by white night-gowns....WHITE is associated with Terribly ghostlike moments during night time. Or this is metaporically meant something else. A magnificent TEN for the late WALLACE STEVENS, may his family and decent have great fun with this choice of Poem of The Day, sincerely Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch Poetess (Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (11/26/2017 3:00:00 AM)

    In God's green earth and colourful world only white reigns that time may look pale and ghastly to him and of course in a sense there has been disillusionment, both as to himself and as to the world with no imagination at all.....can you think of a world like this though with a consolation of a drunk sailor catching tigers in red weather........very well crafted with great imagination.........thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/26/2017 2:07:00 AM)

    Interesting paint. Brilliant work. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/26/2017 1:52:00 AM)

    'Night-gowns'! In red weather. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (11/26/2017 1:26:00 AM)

    Beautiful drop. Enjoyed from beginning to last line. (Report)Reply

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.sAbhimanyu Kumar.s (11/26/2017 12:54:00 AM)

    Grey picture of mankind. Brilliant work (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (11/26/2017 12:43:00 AM)

    Such an interesting poem by Wallace Stevens.... (Report)Reply

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  • Frank Avon (11/9/2014 1:45:00 PM)

    One of Wallace Stevens' most delightful poems - endearing. (Report)Reply

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  • Bob Johnson (1/20/2012 10:26:00 AM)

    They made us read ths garbage.1/10 (Report)Reply

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  • Carrie D'amato (10/9/2008 9:24:00 PM)

    I have to agree with C Carey. Stevens was most noted for his exploration of reality and the imagination, and how they are reconciled. This poem is more about the reality of the world lacking an imagination except for a drunk, or rather a man not who is not perceived as part of the mainstream. (Report)Reply

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  • Gosia Dobosz (12/30/2007 3:23:00 PM)

    Well, I think it's funny - not stupid at all. Poetry doesn't have to be deadly serious. Don't you think? (Report)Reply

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  • Lamont Palmer (11/1/2006 6:06:00 AM)

    Thank you Carey for your comment. Some 'poets' have no imagination or a sense of fancy at all, which is why a lot of contemporary poetry is banal, flat, with all the music of a newspaper column. -LP (Report)Reply

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  • C Carey (9/17/2006 7:36:00 PM)

    Not silly at all. The world is all too utterly without imagination. Boring as white nightgowns, without color or vigor or life. Thank goodness for the old drunk who at least has an imagination. That's it, pure and simple, gracefully told. (Report)Reply

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  • Poetry Hound (5/30/2006 3:03:00 PM)

    This bit of puffery is in the Top 500 of poems? It's pretty silly stuff. Perhaps it has an appeal to young children. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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