Domination Of Black Poem by Wallace Stevens

Domination Of Black

Rating: 3.6


At night, by the fire,
The colors of the bushes
And of the fallen leaves,
Repeating themselves,
Turned in the room,
Like the leaves themselves
Turning in the wind.
Yes: but the color of the heavy hemlocks
Came striding.
And I remembered the cry of the peacocks.

The colors of their tails
Were like the leaves themselves
Turning in the wind,
In the twilight wind.
They swept over the room,
Just as they flew from the boughs of the hemlocks
Down to the ground.
I heard them cry -- the peacocks.
Was it a cry against the twilight
Or against the leaves themselves
Turning in the wind,
Turning as the flames
Turned in the fire,
Turning as the tails of the peacocks
Turned in the loud fire,
Loud as the hemlocks
Full of the cry of the peacocks?
Or was it a cry against the hemlocks?

Out of the window,
I saw how the planets gathered
Like the leaves themselves
Turning in the wind.
I saw how the night came,
Came striding like the color of the heavy hemlocks
I felt afraid.
And I remembered the cry of the peacocks.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ray Brown 16 August 2007

I would suggest that this poem is about mortality.

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Deniz Atay 19 April 2012

I really don't know why but this left a silly smile on my face, and a crying feeling in my heart - it's so great to love (live) the poetry..

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Sally Plumb Plumb 26 November 2016

I thought, beautiful.

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Stella Vrews 29 November 2020

inter-connectivity: each image repositioned inside concludes with a mosaic hand woven in the mind.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 05 February 2019

An amazing poem by Wallace Stevens......

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Edward Kofi Louis 05 February 2019

The colour of the bushes! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Rae Seagull 05 February 2019

Lovely imagery and expression. Congratulations, Wallace!

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Dr Antony Theodore 05 February 2019

A very fine poem. than k u dear poet.

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Wallace Stevens

Pennsylvania / United States
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