Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955.

Some of his best-known poems include "Valley Candle", "Anecdote of the Jar", "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock", "The Emperor of Ice-Cream", "The Idea of Order at Key West", "Sunday Morning", "The Snow Man", and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

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    My beards, attend
    To the laughter of evil: the fierce ricanery
    With the ferocious chu-chot-chu between, the sobs
    For breath to laugh the louder, the deeper gasps
    Uplifting the completest rhetoric
    Of sneers....
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    The poem must resist the intelligence
    Almost successfully.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    Life’s nonsense pierces us with strange relation.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    Canaries in the morning, orchestras
    In the afternoon, balloons at night. That is
    A difference, at least from nightingales,
    Jehovah and the great sea-worm.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    the listener, who listens in the snow,
    And, nothing himself, beholds
    Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)