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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.

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

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„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.

„As a man and woman meet and love forthwith.
Perhaps there are moments of awakening,
Extreme, fortuitous, personal, in which“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: p>As a man and woman meet and love forthwith. Perhaps there are moments of awakening, Extreme, fortuitous, personal, in whichWe more than awaken, sit on the edge of sleep, As on an elevation, and behold The academies like structures in a mist.</p

„Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence“

— 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

„We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. Out of this same light, out of the central mind, We make a dwelling in the evening air, In which being there together is enough. "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour"

„I am the woman stripped more nakedly
Than nakedness, standing before an inflexible
Order, saying I am the contemplated spouse.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: I am the spouse. She took her necklace off And laid it in the sand. As I am, I am The spouse. She opened her stone-studded belt. I am the spouse, divested of bright gold, The spouse beyond emerald or amethyst, Beyond the burning body that I bear. I am the woman stripped more nakedly Than nakedness, standing before an inflexible Order, saying I am the contemplated spouse.

„Out of nothing to have come on major weather,“

— 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.

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„The imagination loses vitality as it ceases to adhere to what is real.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: The imagination loses vitality as it ceases to adhere to what is real. When it adheres to the unreal and intensifies what is unreal, while its first effect may be extraordinary, that effect is the maximum effect that it will ever have.

„That's what misery is,
Nothing to have at heart.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: That's what misery is, Nothing to have at heart. It is to have or nothing.It is a thing to have, A lion, an ox in his breast, To feel it breathing there.Corazon, stout dog, Young ox, bow-legged bear, He tastes its blood, not spit.He is like a man In the body of a violent beast. Its muscles are his own...The lion sleeps in the sun. Its nose is on its paws. It can kill a man. "Poetry is a Destructive Force"

„Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: 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. "A High-Toned Old Christian Woman" first published in The Dial No. 73 (July 1922)

„Am I not,
Myself, only half a figure of a sort,
A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man
Of the mind, an apparition appareled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulders and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: I am one of you and being one of you Is being and knowing what I am and know. Yet I am the necessary angel of earth, Since, in my sight, you see the earth again, Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings, Like watery words awash; like meanings said By repetitions of half-meanings. Am I not, Myself, only half a figure of a sort, A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man Of the mind, an apparition appareled in Apparels of such lightest look that a turn Of my shoulders and quickly, too quickly, I am gone? "Angel Surrounded by Paysans" (1949)

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„Yet look not at his colored eyes. Give him
No names. Dismiss him from your images.
The hot of him is purest in the heart.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: p>He is and may be but oh! He is, he is, This foundling of the infected past, so bright, So moving in the manner of his hand. Yet look not at his colored eyes. Give him No names. Dismiss him from your images. The hot of him is purest in the heart. </p

„It is not in the premise that reality
Is a solid.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: It is not in the premise that reality Is a solid. It may be a shade that traverses A dust, a force that traverses a shade. "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"

„Apotheosis is not
The origin of the major man.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: p>Apotheosis is not The origin of the major man. He comes,p>Compact in invincible foils, from reason, Lighted at midnight by the studious eye, Swaddled in revery, the object ofThe hum of thoughts evaded in the mind...</p

„This may be a gross exaggeration of a very simple matter. But perhaps the same is true of many of the more prodigious things of life and death.“

— Wallace Stevens
Context: It may be dismissed, on the one hand, as a commonplace aesthetic satisfaction: and, on the other hand, if we say that the idea of God is merely a poetic idea, even if the supreme poetic idea, and that our notions of heaven and hell are merely poetry not so called, even if poetry that involves us vitally, the feeling of deliverance, of a release, of a perfection touched, of a vocation so that all men may know the truth and that the truth may set them free — if we say these things and if we are able to see the poet who achieved God and placed Him in His seat in heaven in all His glory, the poet himself, still in the ecstasy of the poem that completely accomplished its purpose, would have seemed, whether young or old, whether in rags or ceremonial robe, a man who needed what he had created, uttering the hymns of joy that followed his creation. This may be a gross exaggeration of a very simple matter. But perhaps the same is true of many of the more prodigious things of life and death. "The Figure of the Youth as Virile Poet"

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