Just as my fingers on these keys Make music, so the self-same sounds On my spirit make a music, too. Music is feeling, then, not a sound; And thus it is that what I feel, Here in this room, desiring you, Thinking of your blue-shadowed silk, Is music.
1923 Harmonium,'Peter Quince at the Clavier', pt.1.
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
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.Wallace Stevens
That scrawny cry It was A chorister whose c preceded the choir. It was part of the colossal sun, Surrounded by its choral rings, Still far away. It was like A new knowledge of reality.Wallace Stevens
There was a muddy centre before we breathed There was a myth before the myth began, Venerable and articulate and complete.Wallace Stevens
Poetry is the supreme fiction , madame. Take the moral law and make a nave of it And from the nave build haunted heaven . Thus, The conscience is converted into palms, Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.Wallace Stevens
Poetry is an effort of a dissatisfied man to find satisfaction through words .Wallace Stevens
What is divinity if it can come Only in silent shadows and in dreams?Wallace Stevens
Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan Of tan with henna hackles, halt!Wallace Stevens
They will get it straight one day at the Sorbonne. We shall return at twilight from the lecture Pleased that the irrational is rational.Wallace Stevens
After one has abandoned a belief in God, poetry is the essence which takes its place as life's redemption.Wallace Stevens
The poet represents the mind in the act of defending us against itself.Wallace Stevens
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one’s thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.Wallace Stevens
Unfortunately there is nothing more inane than an Easter carol. It is a religious perversion of the activity of Spring in our blood.Wallace Stevens
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
I like my philosophy smothered in beauty and not the opposite.Wallace Stevens
Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird .Wallace Stevens
A man and a woman Are one . A man and a woman and a blackbird Are one.Wallace Stevens
Home from Guatemala, back at the Waldorf. This arrival in the wild country of the soul, All approaches gone, being completely there, Where the wild poem is a substitute For the woman one loves or ought to love, One wild rhapsody a fake for another. You touch the hotel the way you touch moonlight Or sunlight and you hum and the orchestra Hums and you say "The world in a verse, A generation sealed, men remoter than mountains, Women invisible in music and motion and color," After that alien, point-blank, green and actual Guatemala.Wallace Stevens
Life consists Of propositions about life. The human Revery is a solitude in which We compose these propositions, torn by dreams, By the terrible incantations of defeats And by the fear that the defeats and the dreams are one. The whole race is a poet that writes down The eccentric propositions of its fate.Wallace Stevens
The imagination is the power that enables us to perceive the normal in the abnormal, the opposite of chaos in chaos.Wallace Stevens
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