Wallace Stevens Quotes

This is my father or, maybe, It is as he was, A likeness, one of the race of fathers: earth And sea and air.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. The Irish Cliffs of Moher (l. 13-16). . . Collected Poems [Stevie Smith]. James MacGibbon, ed. (1976) New Directions.
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Panoramas are not what they used to be. Claude has been dead a long time And apostrophes are forbidden on the funicular. Marx has ruined Nature, For the moment.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Botanist on Alp (No. 1)."
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If men at forty will be painting lakes The ephemeral blues must merge for them in one, The basic slate, the universal hue.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle."
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It is difficult to read. The page is dark. Yet he knows what it is that he expects. The page is blank or a frame without a glass Or a glass that is empty when he looks.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Phosphor Reading by His Own Light."
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It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Lecture, c. 1937. "The Irrational Element in Poetry," Opus Posthumous (1959).
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And what's above is in the past As sure as all the angels are.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Botanist on Alp (No. 2)."
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"Mother of heaven, regina of the clouds, O sceptre of the sun, crown of the moon, There is not nothing, no, no, never nothing, Like the clashed edges of two words that kill."
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle."
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Tinsel in February, tinsel in August. There are things in a man besides his reason.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Pieces."
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In the morning, The jack-rabbit sang to the Arkansaw. He carolled in caracoles On the feat sandbars.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "The Jack-Rabbit."
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What's down below is in the past Like last night's crickets, far below.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Botanist on Alp (No. 2)."
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