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.

by Wallace Stevens

Comments (17)

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