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Wallace Stevens

Date de naissance: 2. octobre 1879
Date de décès: 2. août 1955

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Wallace Stevens est un poète, précurseur majeur de la poésie moderne américaine.

Alliant la poésie à son métier d'avocat, il publie son premier livre, Harmonium, en 1923. Moins reconnu de son vivant que d'autres poètes de sa génération , il reçoit en 1955 le National Book Award pour Collected poems et le Prix Pulitzer. La même année, il obtient un titre honoraire de l'Université Yale.

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Citations Wallace Stevens

„Perhaps
The truth depends on a walk around a lake“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>Perhaps The truth depends on a walk around a lake,A composing as the body tires, a stop To see hepatica, a stop to watch A definition growing certain andA wait within that certainty, a rest In the swags of pine-trees bordering the lake. Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence</p

„The casual is not Enough. The freshness of transformation is“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>The casual is not Enough. The freshness of transformation isThe freshness of a world. It is our own, It is ourselves, the freshness of ourselves, And that necessity and that presentationAre rubbings of a glass in which we peer.</p

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„The seraph
Is satyr in Saturn, according to his thoughts.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: The bees came booming as if they had never gone, As if hyacinths had never gone. We say This changes and that changes. Thus the constant Violets, doves, girls, bees and hyacinths Are inconstant objects of inconstant cause In a universe of inconstancy. This meansNight-blue is an inconstant thing. The seraph Is satyr in Saturn, according to his thoughts.

„My candle burned alone in an immense valley.
Beams of the huge night converged upon it,
Until the wind blew.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: My candle burned alone in an immense valley. Beams of the huge night converged upon it, Until the wind blew. Then beams of the huge night Converged upon its image, Until the wind blew. "Valley Candle"

„It must be visible or invisible,
Invisible or visible or both:
A seeing and unseeing in the eye.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>It must be visible or invisible, Invisible or visible or both: A seeing and unseeing in the eye.The weather and the giant of the weather, Say the weather, the mere weather, the mere air: An abstraction blooded, as a man by thought.</p

„It is possible, possible, possible.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>But to impose is not To discover. To discover an order as of A season, to discover summer and know it, To discover winter and know it well, to find Not to impose, not to have reasoned at all, Out of nothing to have come on major weather,It is possible, possible, possible. It must Be possible. It must be that in time The real will from its crude compoundings come,Seeming at first, a beast disgorged, unlike, Warmed by a desperate milk. To find the real, To be stripped of every fiction except one,The fiction of an absolute — Angel, Be silent in your luminous cloud and hear The luminous melody of proper sound.

„Are the ravishments of truth, so fatal to
The truth itself, the first idea becomes
The hermit in a poet’s metaphors“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>So poisonousAre the ravishments of truth, so fatal to The truth itself, the first idea becomes The hermit in a poet’s metaphors,Who comes and goes and comes and goes all day.</p

„Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor,
Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghost“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p> If there must be a god in the house, must be, Saying things in the room and on the stair,Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor, Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghostOr Aristotle's skeleton. Let him hang out His stars on the wall. He must dwell quietly.He must be incapable of speaking, closed, As those are: as light, for all its motion, is;As color, even the closest to us, is; As shapes, though they portend us, are.It is the human that is the alien, The human that has no cousin in the moon.It is the human that demands his speech From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.If there must be a god in the house, let him be one That will not hear us when we speak: a coolnessA vermillioned nothingness, any stick of the mass Of which we are too distantly a part.</p "Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit"

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„Beyond which fact could not progress as fact.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: The nothingness was a nakedness, a point,Beyond which fact could not progress as fact. Thereon the learning of the man conceived Once more night’s pale illuminations, goldBeneath, far underneath, the surface of His eye and audible in the mountain of His ear, the very material of his mind.</p

„What is beyond the cathedral, outside,
Balances with nuptial song.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: What is beyond the cathedral, outside, Balances with nuptial song. So it is to sit and to balance things To and to and to the point of still, To say of one mask it is like, To say of another it is like, To know that the balance does not quite rest, That the mask is strange, however like.

„Let wise men piece the world together with wisdom
Or poets with holy magic.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: Let wise men piece the world together with wisdom Or poets with holy magic. Hey-di-ho. "Hieroglyphica" (1934)

„Between, but of. He chose to include the things
That in each other are included, the whole,
The complicate, the amassing harmony.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>Straight to the utmost crown of night he flew. The nothingness was a nakedness, a pointBeyond which thought could not progress as thought. He had to choose. But it was not a choice Between excluding things. It was not a choiceBetween, but of. He chose to include the things That in each other are included, the whole, The complicate, the amassing harmony.</p

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„Here is the bread of time to come,
Here is its actual stone.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: Here is the bread of time to come, Here is its actual stone. The bread Will be our bread, the stone will be Our bed and we shall sleep by night. We shall forget by day, except The moments when we choose to play The imagined pine, the imagined jay.

„The poem refreshes life so that we share,
For a moment, the first idea“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: p>The poem refreshes life so that we share, For a moment, the first idea... It satisfies Belief in an immaculate beginningAnd sends us, winged by an unconscious will, To an immaculate end.</p

„What the poet has in mind . . . is that poetic value is an intrinsic value. It is not the value of knowledge. It is not the value of faith. It is the value of imagination.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: What the poet has in mind... is that poetic value is an intrinsic value. It is not the value of knowledge. It is not the value of faith. It is the value of imagination. The poet tries to exemplify it, in part as I have tried to exemplify it here, by identifying it with an imaginative activity that diffuses itself throughout our lives.

„There are no shadows anywhere.
The earth, for us, is flat and bare.
There are no shadows.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Context: Do not speak to us of the greatness of poetry, Of the torches wisping in the underground, Of the structure of vaults upon a point of light. There are no shadows in our sun, Day is desire and night is sleep. There are no shadows anywhere. The earth, for us, is flat and bare. There are no shadows.

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