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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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

The Emperor Of Ice-Cream

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal.
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its ...

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The Planet On The Table

Ariel was glad he had written his poems.
They were of a remembered time
Or of something seen that he liked.

Other makings of the sun
Were waste and welter
And the ripe shrub writhed.

His self and the sun were one

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