Wallace Stevens

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

Wallace Stevens Quotes

  • ''One ought not to hoard culture. It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits.''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, entry for June 20, 1899, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).
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  • ''A diary is more or less the work of a man of clay whose hands are clumsy and in whose eyes there is no light.''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Entry for July 26, 1899. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).
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  • ''The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Journal entry, April 20, 1920. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 6, ed. Holly Stevens (1966).
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  • ''A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
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  • ''How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
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  • ''Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
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  • ''Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.''
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
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Best Poem of Wallace Stevens

Disillusionment Of Ten O'Clock

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.

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Metaphors Of A Magnifico

Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.

This is old song
That will not declare itself . . .

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