Home Bemorecreative

Creative Quotations from . . .
Wallace Stevens
(1879-1955) born on
Oct 02
US poet, author. He was noted for subtle verse of reality and imagination; won 1955 Pulitzer for "Collected Poems."
Most people read [poetry] listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.

How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality.
Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.
As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
Be More Creative

Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Quoted in Beverly Coyle and Alan Filreis eds "Secretaries of the Moon: The Letters of Wallace Stevens and José Rodríguez Feo," Duke University 86
R: Letter, 16 May 1907, to his future wife Elsie Moll Kachel (published in Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 9, ed. by Holly Stevens, 1977).
A: The Necessary Angel, "Three Academic Pieces," no. 1 (1951; first published 1947).
N: Opus Posthumous, "Two or Three Ideas" (1959; first published 1951).
K: Opus Posthumous, "Adagia" (1959).

copyright 1996-2014 by Baertracks at bemorecreative.com