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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."
         
   
F
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.

R
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
A
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.
N
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.
K
As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
 
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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).
   


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